The Central Museum of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Moscow, as part of the Handful of Memory project, hosted a ceremonial transfer of pouches with ground from the graves of Soviet soldiers in Turkmenistan, Armenia, Belgium, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, Russian media reported.
The land from the graves of Soviet soldiers from six countries was transferred to the museum complex “Memory Road”. “Today we are holding another campaign to transfer the land to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces from the graves of Soviet soldiers who died on the battlefields of World War II, who were tortured to concentration camps, who died from wounds and were buried in six states – Armenia, Belgium, Latvia, Turkmenistan, Czech Republic and Switzerland,” said Colonel-General Ivan Buvaltsev, head of the Main Directorate of Combat Training of the Russian Armed Forces at the ceremony.
According to him, the land previously collected from mass graves and burials of Soviet soldiers in Russia, as well as transferred to the Russian side from other countries, will be placed in brass shells and laid in memorial plates at the main church of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
“The work carried out has a high moral goal – preserving the truth about the war, studying our military history, establishing the burial places of Soviet soldiers, the names and destinies of soldiers and officers who defended the Motherland, its freedom and independence,” Ivan Buvaltsev emphasized.
“We express our gratitude to our foreign partners present in the defense attache hall at the embassies of states that responded to the appeal of the Russian Ministry of Defense and conducted solemn rituals to collect land from the graves of Soviet soldiers. We also thank you for the great work being done to care for the memorials, monuments and obelisks of Soviet soldiers and officers,” said the head of the Main Directorate for Combat Training of the Russian Armed Forces.
The military-patriotic action “A handful of memory” started on June 22, 2019. To date, land from the graves of Soviet soldiers has been delivered from 24 states. In total, it is planned to bring land from more than 40 countries. In addition, land was collected from more than 15 thousand burial sites in Russia.
The branch of the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation “The Road of Remembrance” will display historical exhibits from the Great Patriotic War, including photographs, documents, awards, weapons, and personal items of soldiers and officers.
The central place will be taken by the multimedia gallery “The Road of Memory”. As part of its exposition, a single information array will be created with data on all participants in the war. The “Road of Memory” project will bring together tens of millions of photographs of war veterans and workers of defense enterprises, partisans and residents of besieged Leningrad, employees of cultural institutions and military correspondents.
Anyone can take part in a special project. To do this, the information section “The Road of Memory” (www.doroga.mil.ru) has been launched on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defense, in which you can download photographs and data about your relatives – participants in the Great Patriotic War, who fought at the front or worked in the rear. All of them will be included in the multimedia gallery “The Road of Memory”.