On January 27, personnel and veterans of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (SP SPb) took part in commemorative events on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of complete liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi siege.
A flower-laying ceremony was held at the Monument to Heroic Seafarers of the Baltic Shipping Company and the Leningrad Port. Among the participants were representatives of “Sea Gate” municipal entity of Saint-Petersburg, war veterans, teachers and cadets of Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping.
When greeting the participants, “Sea Gate” head Aleksandr Privalov said: “It is a Victory Day for Leningrad. The feat of the city defenders has been inscribed in the world history forever and we should transmit this memory to our children and grandchildren”.
“As long as we keep this memory we know who we are and preserve our national identity”, added Vladimir Sokolov, Director of Makarov University’s Maritime Academy.
“This big day is to recall the fallen defenders of the city who were fighting for the future both at the front and behind the lines. We will pass this memory from one generation to another”, said Andrey Zubarev, Managing Director of SP SPb.
Svetlana Denisenko, the third-year cadet of the University’s Navigation and Communication Department, expressed the students’ gratitude to the veterans.
The ceremonial events continued on the Kanonersky island, where port employees and municipal deputies laid the flowers to the war memorial on the Putilovskaya embankment. They were accompanied by students and teachers of secondary school No 379 of the Kirovsky District as well as the personnel of Russia’s Federal Customs Service.
The flower-laying ceremonies of December 27 concluded a series of events for the port veterans on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of lifting the Leningrad siege. Together with the veterans of North-Western Shipping Company, port employees visited the museum of D.N. Senyavin Marine Technical College. They were greeted by Sergey Gurov, representative of Saint-Petersburg Committee for Social Policy; Aleksandr Uryadov, Deputy Director of the College; representatives of the port and shipping company authorities. The College cadets sang for the guests and the museum Director Tatyana Korotkikh arranged a tour for them.
On the occasion of the commemorative day, SP SPb also provided financial support to its veterans awarded with the “Resident of Blockaded Leningrad” badge and the Medal "For the Defense of Leningrad".