‘Moscow-Brest’ train of memory
Muscovite veterans (who defended the western frontiers of the Soviet Union in the early years of the Great Patriotic War or who participated in Operation Bagration to free Belarus) were passengers on the unusual train, alongside over 200 members of children and youth organisations from the Russian capital
By Alexey Pimenov
The first stop was made in Minsk, where passengers joined Belarusian veterans in laying flowers at the Pobedy Square monument. They also visited the Museum of Great Patriotic War History, as well as the Mound of Glory and Khatyn memorial complexes.
On June 22nd, at 2.00am, the train arrived in Brest, where veterans once helped defend the walls of the fortress. The Day of Memory and Grief saw the former soldiers visit the Brest Hero Fortress Monument and the Defence of Brest Fortress Museum, as well as taking part in a service at Ceremonies Square, laying flowers at the Eternal Flame and dropping wreaths into the Western Bug and Mukhovets rivers.