Penza joined all-Russian campaign “A Moment of Silence”
Penza, 9 May 2015. PenzaNews. The city of Penza joined the all-Russian campaign “A Moment of Silence” on Saturday, May 9. The citizens gathered on several locations within the city, including the Fontannaya square, the square by the regional Philarmonic Hall, the Denis Davydov public garden, the Sura river embankment, the Pionersky public garden, the Belinsky central park and the Olimpiysky park, to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the war.
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At 18.50, the regional media, as well as the loudspeakers on squares, in shopping centers and other areas of mass attraction, as well as on public commute buses, broadcast the audio address to the citizens of Penza by TV newscaster Anna Shapilova.
Over 300,000 people from the Penza region fought on the frontlines of the Second World War, and 200,000 did not return to their homes, the address said.
“Our countryman, guard lieutenant Morozov, made the final point to the Second World War when he wrote ‘And we are from Penza’ on the walls of the Reichstag building,” Anna Shapilova concluded the address.
It was followed by an all-Russian address to the people, joined by the video reel from the parade held in Moscow in the morning of May 9. The words of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced the minute of silence during the morning parade on the Red Square, was followed by a chronometer ticking away the seconds of the moment of silence throughout Russia.
At 19.00, the participants of the campaign released several scores of white balloons into the skies as symbols of peace on Earth.