Victory Day to be celebrated in online format
This year Kazakh citizens will celebrate the unique Victory Day in the history of Kazakhstan in conditions of the “undefeated” coronavirus with virtual alley of glory, immortal regiment and graffiti depicting heroes on residential buildings.
This year Kazakhstan marks the 75th anniversary of the World War II Victory Day. Kazakh citizens will stay at home this day for the first time due to the deadly virus. However, this is not a reason for sadness, because it seems like people got used to the COVID-19 conditions. Moreover, this gives an impetus for creative and original ideas.
People will celebrate May 9 without mass festivities. The main thing is to help the Second World War veterans including those on the home front as well as to honor the memory of those who fell fighting for our bright future. Librarians of the capital launched a campaign “Let’s remember everyone by name” dedicated to the Victory Day. This year, for the first time since 2012, the immortal regiment march will not take place in Nur-Sultan due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the central security staff decided to create a virtual memory alley for those who did not return from the battlefield.
“To take part in the campaign, you need to send a photo of your relative who was fighting in the World War II or was on the home front. A virtual gallery of faces of heroes will be presented on May 8, on @kitap_kala page, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory,” reported in the centralized librarian system of Nur-Sultan.
A similar campaign was launched in Aktau. The local website considered that if the city residents could not honor the memory of the veterans by march, then the good tradition can be continued on the Internet. Organizers will receive photos of veterans with a brief history of their biography to firstname.lastname@example.org until May 7. Later, all these stories will be posted on the special section “Wall of memory”. Thus, the organizers are confident that the immortal regiment will forever remain not only in our hearts, but also on the Internet.
Other regions of Kazakhstan joined the campaign as well. The immortal regiment will be held on pages on social media. Special accounts on Instagram will post portraits of fighters and members of the labor front. In addition, some Kazakh people believe that it would be nice to go out to the balconies with photos and pay tribute to the fallen. Others called for lighting candles in the windows. However, these are only ideas.
Artists from different cities of the CIS moved from idea to action. Monuments to the victorious soldiers, shots from legendary films and portraits of the heroes of the World War II became sources of their inspiration. Creative youth used bright graffiti on the houses to express their respect to all who fought for the victory on both fronts.
This year the authorities recommended to refrain from visiting the veterans not to expose them to the infection. At the same time, participants of the World War II have already received mandatory payments.