Women, motherhood and defense of Fatherland. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards and general’s shoulder boards on March 7, 2017. The solemn ceremony at the Independence Palace in Minsk symbolically united two popular celebrations, which are the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Women’s Day.
President Lukashenko stressed that even though men and women have different roles in the society and in a family, true harmony is created only by their joint efforts.
Words of special gratitude and deep respect were addressed to mothers of many children. Alexander Lukashenko presented the Orders of Mothers to 21 women on March 7, 2017.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
Perhaps, the most honourable thing is to be awarded general’s shoulder boards in front of women. In front of women, who have five and more children and are so young and beautiful. Well done to you. You are carrying out your major mission. It is the aim of my entire policy, there should be no less than 20 million people in Belarus. Then we will be strong as never before. Then nobody will scowl at Belarus. My attitude towards the tittle of a professor or the rank of a general is from the people, you know it. Belarus doesn’t have many generals. However, I am not planning to increase the number of generals because I do not want to belittle this rank. If you are presented general’s shoulder boards (they are all awarded by the President himself), then, perhaps, you are special.
An excursion around the Independence Palace was organized for the participants of the ceremony. The guest saw the halls, where the negotiations of the Normandy Four were held.
They also find out which of the rooms were appreciated most of all by this or that president, they were revealed secrets of the Palace’s design and got to know interesting facts. The chandelier in the press conference hall, for instance, is one of the largest illuminating equipments in the world.
Photo taken from the Official Internet Portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus