Every year, our country remembers the names of heroes, and honours veterans and participants of the Great Patriotic War. On 8 May, Voronezh State University paid tribute to the memory of heroes. Veterans, employees, and students of VSU gathered in the park of the main building to celebrate Victory Day.
The event started with the procession of the honour guard and a group of military students of VSU Military Training Centre who marched to the beat of drums to the memorial dedicated to the university staff and students who died during the Great Patriotic War.
The rector of the university, Dmitry Endovitsky, the head of the Department of Education of the Voronezh region, Lubov Kulakova, and the chair of the Trade Union Committee of VSU, Ludmila Vladimirova, congratulated the audience with the holiday. Students sang the patriotic song "Arise, great country".
The victory in the Great Patriotic War is of great importance for Voronezh State University. Almost all students and over 60 lecturers joined the army in the very first days of the war. In 1942, VSU was evacuated to Yelabuga. On 25 January 1943, Voronezh was liberated from Nazi invaders and in August the university returned to Voronezh. It was a difficult process: the university buildings and dormitories were completely destroyed and books and equipment were stolen. The veterans who returned to VSU from war revitalised the university and founded new scientific schools. They lay the foundation for the future development of the university and gave us the moral advantage of the winners.
The participants of the event paid tribute to the memory of those who fell in the battle for Voronezh with a minute of silence and laid flowers at the memorial. Then the celebration held in honour of veterans was continued in VSU.
University faculties also held festive events. Students from the Faculty of History laid flowers to the commemorative plaque dedicated to VSU professor, a participant of the Great Patriotic War, Alexander Nemirovsky. The dean of the faculty, Vladimir Glaziev, told the audience about the professor's life, his service in the army, and his work at VSU.