Major General Koba Kobaladze, Director of the State Service of Veteran Affairs, together with the Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and members of the government laid a wreath at the bust of Meliton Kantaria, a participant of World War II, hero of the Soviet Union in the Park of Veteran Culture and Recreation in connection with the 78th anniversary of the victory over fascism. He congratulated the veterans of the Second World War on the 78th anniversary of the victory over fascism.
According to the latest data, 114 participants of the Second World War are currently censused in Georgia, most of whom are 100 years old or more. The eldest of all is Aleksandre Buskivadze, a 104-year-old resident of Zestafoni Municipality.
According to the decision of the Government of Georgia, the participants of the Second World War will receive 1000 GEL in the form of cash and social assistance, and the family members of those who died in the Second World War (the spouse of the deceased in the Second World War and a child with a disability from childhood) who are members of the State Service of Veterans Affairs 500 GEL are registered in the database in connection with the 78th anniversary of the victory over fascism.
The Deputy Director of the State Service of Veteran Affairs – Nikoloz Kvezereli, Miron Chigogidze, Director’s Advisor, Vladimir Imnadze, service employees and veterans were also present in the Veterans Culture and Recreation Park.
The Second World War between Fascist Germany and its allies and the rest of the world lasted from 1939 to 1945 and claimed the lives of approximately 60 million people, 20 million of whom were civilians. 72 states (80% of the earth’s population) took part in the war, and the battles took place on the territory of 40 states. The Second World War was recorded in history as the largest and bloodiest conflict.
The war between fascist Germany and the Soviet Union began on June 21, 1941. There were up to 700,000 soldiers and volunteers from Georgia in this war, and more than 300,000 did not return alive from the front. Among them, many went missing. Georgia made the biggest sacrifice to defeat fascism among the republics of the former Soviet Union. 120 thousand Georgians died in the battles of Kerch. The Second World War ended on May 8, 1945. The Allies defeated fascist Germany. The state of war ended in Europe on May 8, 1945 (May 9 Moscow time) with the capitulation of the Wehrmacht, and in Asia on September 2, 1945, with the capitulation of Japan.