MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In St. Petersburg, Major General Oleg Makovetsky, Commander of the Leningrad Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District, laid flowers at the Cranes memorial and honored the memory of the soldiers and residents of Leningrad who died during the Great Patriotic War with a minute of silence.
The event in honor of the 77th anniversary of the complete lifting of the Nazi blockade of Leningrad was attended by veterans of the Great Patriotic War, home front workers, residents of the besieged city, representatives of the city administration.
Nevsky Memorial “Cranes” – a memorial complex in memory of the fallen heroes of the Great Patriotic War in St. Petersburg. The memorial was opened in 1980. Previously, the Nevsky cemetery existed on the territory of the modern complex. In 1941-1944. on it were buried about 50 thousand Leningraders who died during the blockade, and the defenders of the city who died of wounds in a nearby military hospital. In 1949, an obelisk was erected near the mass graves, which is a rectangular granite column with a relief ornament, topped with an urn. On one side of the pedestal there is a memorial plaque with the inscription: “Here are buried soldiers, civilians who heroically defended Leningrad.”
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