“No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten”

Today, September 2, is the day when Japan signed the official Instrument of Surrender in the Second World War

The fighting took place on three continents and in the waters of all four oceans. The Soviet people played a key role in its ending. On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, which was part of the Second World War, the Red Army defeated Hitler’s Germany. The Nazis suffered the greatest casualties in the war — up to 80 percent of armed forces personnel. During the Manchurian strategic offensive operation, Soviet troops defeated the million-strong Japanese Kwantung army, which determined the outcome of World War II.

It was on this day last year, in our village of Orekhovo, that we restored the monument to the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War. The memorial, first built back in the 1970s, was neglected for a long time. The Association of Private and People’s Museums of Russia decided to fix that. Residents of Orekhovo also supported the restoration works.

Together we landscaped the area around the monument. The central pathway was paved with paving stone, decorative gravel laid on both sides of the path. The obelisk pedestal was reinforced, and an asphalt parking lot was installed near the entrance to the memorial site.

We have also developed cooperation with the Russian news agency TASS, which provided us with photo chronicles. We opened a permanent open-air exhibition. Installed night illumination around the posters. The opening of the renovated monument took place on September 2, 2021. Right on the day that the Second World War ended. And now residents and guests of Orekhovo can at any time honor the memory of the soldiers who died during the bloodiest war in the history of mankind. The memory of the generation that is gone forever…