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President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day

Independence Day in Minsk on July 3 began with a wreath-laying ceremony. Flowers and wreaths were laid at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. It's like another "thank you" to all those who fought for the liberation of our country in World War II, and later praised the independent Belarus. By tradition, the first wreath was laid by the President.

Flowers were also laid by other participants of the ceremony: higher officials of the country, representatives of major non-governmental organizations, clergy, representatives of the diplomatic corps and of course veterans.  

The memory of those killed in the Great Patriotic was observed with a minute of silence. The national anthem and march of the guard of honor were the final chords of the ceremony.

Hundreds of Belarusians came to Victory Square to honor those who died during the Great Patriotic War. In that war Belarus lost every third.

Yosef Shagal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Belarus:
Today Belarus made the whole world to speak about itself as an independent state. It is a really independent country. And recent events (when Belarus turned into a platform for very serious negotiations involving the world's leaders) suggests that the country is independent. I think, your youth also perceive themselves citizens of an independent state.

President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day