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Memory of Great Patriotic War heroes will be sacred — Kazakhstan leader

May 07, 2015, 10:37 UTC+3 ASTANA
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened a military parade on occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory and the Defender of the Fatherland Day
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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

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ASTANA, May 7. /TASS/. The memory of heroism shown by people in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 will always remain sacred for the new generations, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said opening a military parade on occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory and the Defender of the Fatherland Day marked on Thursday.

"I congratulate you with the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the upcoming holiday of the Great Victory Day. It is symbolic that these two holidays follow each other. This shows the continuity of military traditions of winners in the Great Patriotic War and the current generation of defenders of our Motherland," Nazarbayev said.

The military parade in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana is the most massive in the history of the Central Asian country’s independence. Some 5,000 troops, and also more than 200 units of weaponry and military equipment, as well as 70 helicopters and aircraft are taking part in it. The parade features the war time equipment.

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