A grand meeting was convened in Tskhinval on the occasion of the Day of Defender of the Fatherland

Sat, 23/02/2013 - 18:39

In Tskhinval has been convened a grand meeting, dedicated to the Day of Defender of the Fatherland and to the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of South Ossetia. The festive event was attended by President of the Republic Leonid Tibilov, government representatives, Ambassador to the Republic of South Ossetia Dmitry Medoev, Russian Ambassador to South Ossetia Elbrus Kargiev; many guests arrived in the Republic for celebrating February 23.

On this holiday, as well as on the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the RSO the defenders of the Fatherland were congratulated by Defense Minister Valery Yakhnovets.
He spoke about the history and theformation of the South Ossetian armed forces.
The Minister stressed that after a long and difficult path, the South Ossetian army was able to repulse an aggressor.
President Leonid Tibilov has congratulated the participants of the meeting, noting that February 23 is considered the professional holiday of the servicemen, for whom military service became a mission and a matter of life.
"At all times protection of the homeland was high moral and civic duty of every citizen of our country. In South Ossetia everybody, young and old, always defended their land, their home. It is quite natural the Defender holiday has become nationwide"- said the head of state.
He has stressed that the current generation of defenders of the homeland with dignity continues the tradition of their fathers and grandfathers, honorably fulfilling the military duty.
Memory of the soldiers who have fallen on the battlefields for freedom and independence of their Native land was observed by a minute of silence.
Then followed a ceremony of presenting state awards of South Ossetia and medals of the Ministry of Defence.
Leonid Tibilov has presented Medal of Honor to former chief of staff of self-defense forces and later - the chief of staff of the Ministry of Defense- Ulifan Tedeev, who was at the cradle of the South Ossetian army.
Defense Minister Valery Yakhnovets, former Defense Minister Vasily Lunev were awarded the Order of Friendship.
Medal "For military cooperation" was presented by Valery Yakhnovets to heads of security agencies of South Ossetia and to the Russian Ambassador to South Ossetia Elbrus Kargiev.
Ambassador of South Ossetia to Russia Dmitry Medoev was awarded the medal "20 years of the Defense Ministry of South Ossetia."
Attending the event, Deputy Defense Minister of Abkhazia Beslan Tsvizhba read out the welcoming speech and the decrees by the Defense Minister of Abkhazia Merab Kishmaria on presenting the medal "For peace in Abkhazia" to Valery Yakhnovets, Deputy Defense Minister of South Ossetia Ibrahim Gasseev, Igor Alborov, Leonid Tasoev and others, as well as the memorable gifts .
The festive concert followed the grand meeting.

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