On Thursday, May 7, a solemn event was held at the Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater - honoring veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Governor Valery Radaev, Chairman of the Saratov Regional Duma Vladimir Kapkaev, Chief Federal Inspector Marina Aleshina, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and members of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation from the Saratov Region congratulated Saratov veterans on the upcoming Victory Day.
“So that today we can launch new factories, collect record harvests, build houses and entire microdistricts, study, work, raise children and grandchildren, you, our veterans, 70 years ago, boys and girls, measured the price of victory with your lives. I can't contain my excitement. Because I am addressing those who, at the age of 19, stopped tanks with a bunch of grenades, carried the wounded out from under fire, rammed Junkers, turned shells in three shifts, fought for the lives of soldiers in hospitals. Who died, but did not give up,” the Governor said, addressing the veterans.
According to the Governor, books have been written about the participation of Saratov residents in the Great Patriotic War, about 300,000 dead, documentaries have been made, and museum expositions tell. Today, the heroic chronicle will be replenished with the funds of a new museum dedicated to the labor feat of fellow countrymen. Behind this layer of memory are unique facts, specific destinies and real feats.
Saratov did not become a front-line city, but it is directly related to military operations, and ultimately to victory. Three objects of Saratov - a railway bridge across the Volga, an aviation and an oil refinery were included in the list signed personally by Hitler for mandatory destruction. This in itself speaks of the high strategic importance of the region.
The battle of Stalingrad became the peak of the tension of the forces of frontline Saratov, in which, according to official data, more than 158 thousand of our fellow countrymen took part. Even the German generals admitted that without Saratov, Stalingrad would not have survived. That is why the plans of the enemy included the capture of the city by August 10, 1942. But the turn did not reach Saratov, because by common efforts the enemy was thrown back from the banks of the Volga.
Valery Radaev remembered our countrymen who accomplished a feat while fighting on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War or working in the rear. Nurse Zinaida Maresyeva from the Volsky district, fighters Ilya Kaplunov from Arkadak and Stepan Podgainov from Kalininsk, pilots Dmitry Tarasov and Valeria Khomyakova, Saratov workers Vasily Kalnobritsky and Pavel Klikushin, as well as many other residents of the Saratov region, made their contribution to the Victory.
“The war has become a serious test for doctors. But thanks to their skill and traditions of mercy, they were ready for it. Today it is hard to believe that with a workload of 150-200 wounded per doctor, our doctors not only achieved an incredibly high percentage of recovery, but also developed dozens of innovative methods of treatment, thereby glorifying the Saratov surgical school for decades to come!” the Governor noted.