Volgograd stands on the great Russian river. It is hard to realize that only 23?
On the evening of July 11, veterans of the Battle of Stalingrad gathered at the Gorky Drama Theatre. Also there were people who reconstructed the devastated city. They are today multiplying its heroism in labour efforts.
The gathered for a gala ceremony to receive the Soviet Union's highest award for their city.
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Background: Volgograd stands on the great Russian river. It is hard to realize that only 23 years ago, this was a mass of smoking ruins, without a single house standing undamaged. A new city has been built up here since the war. Volgograd today surpasses everything that the prewar city of Stalingrad was proud of. The streets are bright and wide. There are spacious public squares and masses of greenery. There is two and a half times as much available housing as there was before the war.
Two decades have passed since those unforgettable, austere day. The Soviet people will always remember the heroism of the soldiers who fell defending the city. The majestic memorial on Mamai's Mound will tell coming generations about the great exploit of those who fought here.
This is the Square of the Fallen Heroes. An eternal flame burns here.
Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin came to the square on July 11.
He placed a wreath on the common grave of the defenders of Stalingrad, on behalf of the Communist Party, the Supreme Soviet, and the government.
Eternal glory to the soviet soldiers who gave their life for the freedom of their people!