HOPE worldwide – Russia together with volunteers hold „We go to congratulate veterans“, a charitable action dedicated to the 71st anniversary of II War Victory Day…
During the whole month of May, we together with volunteers, were visiting War veterans to congratulate them about the great victory, to thank them personally for all their acts of bravery and all their accomplishments and for the peaceful sky above us now. Every veteran received a specially prepared gift packed in a bright yellow knapsack.
Tears of joy were flowing from the veterans’ eyes when they heard words of thanks from volunteers who came to them with congratulations. Veterans shared personal stories about war days and hard events that they had to experience during II War which was very touching. The stories made the volunteers even more grateful for all of the sacrifice for the Victory and for the opportunity to live without war today.
All of the veterans that we had a chance to visit are about 90 years old!
Certainly the care of these people won’t be limited to this holiday only but will be continued during their life.
Chepa Nikolay Timofeevich (90 years old):
I served as a secret service agent in the 37-th antitank destructive (anti-fighter) team. I asked my commander to give me a rifle and I showed him how I could shoot. Since then I never parted with it, went to explore the area and did my entire job with it as well. I took revenge for my father. I was shooting very well – I had a good experience and could shoot blindfolded. Of course it was scary, but I could personally eliminate 132 fascist aggressors, so at least I could do something helpful for my Motherland.
Gasheva Alexandra Dmitrievna (88 years old):
War caught me when I was just a teenager; we were bombed out, everything was burned, we were naked or barely dressed and about the same time we were signed (enrolled) into the 6th military unit. At that time units were not complete and we were sent straight to Stalingrad Battle, then to Kursk. This is how I went through the whole war and officially retired by documents on November 17, 1945. I remember everything like it was today…
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