Sunday, December 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg volunteers restore graves of fallen soldiers over weekend

Employees of the Yekaterinburg city administration collectively volunteered in a program to reconstruct two graves belonging to the family of a solider who died during World War I.

Vladimir Kvasov served in the 55th Infantry and was killed during the Battle of Galicia in 1915. At the time of his death, Kvasov's body was buried in a mass grave near the area of fighting. Later in the year, his father joined the military and had his son's body exhumed from the mass grave and buried in a large common grave for local soldiers in an Ivanovo cemetery in Yekaterinburg, Ekburg.ru reports.

A group of employees from the Yekaterinburg city administration began a project to repair the graves of soldiers who fought in the two World Wars. They restored Kvasov's grave and replaced it with a concrete tomb over the weekend.

At the foot of the mound is a plaque describing Kvasov's service during World War I and a separate plaque containing short statement about the other fallen soldiers who did not receive a proper burial at the time of their deaths. Both plaques were hand-made by local craftsmen and are constructed out of metal to prevent premature decay, according to Ekburg.ru.

The Yekaterinburg administration plans to continue these grave restoration projects with the help of the local Mountain Shield military history club. Programs to honor fallen soldiers have recently begun to attract the interest of university groups which will continue to partner with city administration volunteers and members of military clubs in future grave restoration projects.