The veterans of Mogilev region originated a petition to give Mogilev the rank of a hero-city. The information was announced by the chairman of Mogilev regional veterans’ council Anatoly Lyubchenko at the press-conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of liberation of Belarus from fascist invaders and to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
The petition was sent to Mogilev regional executive committee. The veterans asked the authorities to apply to the executive committee of the CIS to include the question into the agenda of the organization committee to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory. The rank of a hero-city is given to the cities that made a great contribution to the heroic defense during the Great Patriotic War. But due to some reasons the Soviet government did not awarded these cities with the rank.
Anatoly Lyubchenko says that Mogilev region’s veterans have already applied for the rank but their request has not been heard. Many cities of the former USSR were ignored and were not awarded with this high rank. The veterans of Mogilev region have collected significant documents proving that Mogilev is worth giving a hero-city rank. If Mogilev gets the rank it will become the best present for the veterans.
According to Anatoly Lyubchenko, the council of veterans takes an active part in preparing for the Victory’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The task is not to forget anybody. “We know their names. We hold regular visits to them. And social services always provide them with all necessary assistance”.
The statute of the rank was officially introduced on May 8, 1965 by the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of USSR. The same day decrees were issued about awarding the following cities: Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Volgograd (former Stalingrad), Kiev, Sevastopol, and Odessa. Additionally, Moscow was declared Hero City and Brest declared Hero Fortress.