MOSCOW, February 23 – RIA Novosti Russian President Vladimir Putin laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall.. Traditionally, a ceremony dedicated to the celebrated Tuesday in Russia Day of Defender of the Fatherland.It was attended by veterans of the Great Patriotic War, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Speaker of the Federation Council and the State Duma Valentina Matvienko and Sergey Naryshkin, head of the President Ivanov administration Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, head of the military department, Sergei Shoigu, ministers and other government and political figures, representatives of veterans’ organizations.
Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment established a wreath at the Eternal Flame with a ribbon in the colors of the Russian flag and the inscription “Unknown Soldier from the President of the Russian Federation.” Then the President went to the wreath, straightened tape on it, and a few moments in silence stood, bow paying respect to all perished defenders of the homeland.
The ceremony of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the unknown soldier in the Fatherland defender’s Day
Other ceremony participants laid at the Tomb Unknown soldier red carnations. At this time, the military band played the Russian anthem. The event ended with a march columns soldiers presidential regiment under the military orchestra.
The ashes of the unknown Soviet soldier was moved from a mass grave in the suburbs and solemnly reburied in the Alexander Garden in 1966. The following year the memorial was opened here, a key element of which was the eternal flame. Honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – “Post number 1″ – was established in 1997. In 2009 the monument was declared a National Memorial of military glory, and the complex was soon complemented by the stele in honor of the city bearing the same name honorary title
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