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Soviet War Memorial in London – Victory Day events

21st April 2009

Please find below information about Victory Day events – May 9,
2009‏

Best wishes
Ute

Michael Jones suggested I forwarded this information to you, for possible
distribution to your members. He is speaking at the IWM following our
Victory Day Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial. I do hope the
GB-Russia Society can be represented this year.

Below is information regarding this year's Victory Day events. Please feel
free to forward the information to your mailing lists or to specific
individuals. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the
Memorial and the range of participants is growing each year. Over 300
people came in 2008 and similar numbers are expected this year.

The Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial is open to the public,
but it would be very useful to know beforehand if individuals are
intending to lay a wreath on behalf of a veterans organisation, society,
company or grouping and would like to be included in the official
programme for the day.

If you would like to make a donation to the SMTF, or have any questions
regarding the events on May 9, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards
Ralph Gibson
Hon Secretary
Soviet Memorial Trust Fund
Direct Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti)
SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB / Eml: [removed]
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Victory Day – May 9, 2009
Soviet War Memorial in London

The Soviet Memorial Trust Fund is organising a programme of events in
co-operation with Southwark Council and the Imperial War Museum London to
mark the 64th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe –
on Saturday, May 9, 2009, starting at 10.45am. May 9 is marked annually as
Victory Day and is a national holiday in Russia and other CIS countries.

The events include an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial, a
talk by historian and author Michael Jones and the showing of films from
the IWM archives.

Participants in the Act of Remembrance will include: The Mayor of
Southwark, Cllr Eliza Mann; the Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP; the
Russian Ambassador, HE Yury Fedotov; representatives from other CIS
embassies; British and Russian Second World War veterans; and other
individuals and organisations supporting the SMTF.

Participants will lay wreaths at the Soviet War Memorial during the
ceremony, which will include brief addresses from key participants, the
sounding of the Last Post and a two minute silence.

The Soviet War Memorial is located in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park,
adjacent to the Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ.

Details and timings are listed below. Members of the public are welcome to
participate in all of the events. Although the talk and films are
free-of-charge, due to space limitations it is highly recommended that
people reserve seats by telephoning the IWM in advance on 020 7416 5439
and arrange to collect tickets on May 9.

Further details can be obtained from Ralph Gibson, Honorary Secretary of
the SMTF. Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti) / Eml: [removed]

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The Memorial

The Soviet War Memorial in London was unveiled on May 9, 1999. It is
dedicated to the 27,000,000 Soviet war dead of 1941-1945. The Soviet
Memorial Trust Fund [SMTF] organises three main ceremonies at the Memorial
each year – on January 27 (Holocaust Memorial Day), May 9 (Victory Day –
as marked in Russia and eastern Europe), and Remembrance Sunday in
November. SMTF postal address: SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB.

The programme of events on Saturday, May 9, 2009 is as follows:

10:45 am
Participants gather at the Soviet War Memorial, located in the Geraldine
Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth
Road, SE1 6HZ.

11.00 – 11.45 am
Act of Remembrance led by SMTF Chairman Philip Matthews.

2.00 – 3.30 pm
In the Cinema of the Imperial War Museum London, illustrated talk by
historian and author Michael Jones. Red Flag on the Reichstag: The War on
the Eastern Front – from Moscow to Berlin. For more information about the
speaker, see below.

3.30 – 4.30 pm
Selection of films from the archives of the Imperial War Museum London
NB: Although the talk and films are free-of-charge, it is highly
recommended that people reserve seats by telephoning the IWM in advance on
020 7416 5439 and collecting tickets on May 9.

Further information about our speaker Michael Jones:

Michael Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Member of
the British Commission for Military History. He completed his PhD in
military history at Bristol University and is author of Stalingrad: How
the Red Army Triumphed and Leningrad – State of Siege. His most recent
book – on the German retreat from Moscow, 1941-2 – will be out later this
year. For the last five years Michael has led battlefield tours of World
War Two's Eastern Front and was recently historical consultant for Russia
Today's feature programme on the battle of Stalingrad. His particular
interest is in Russian courage and heroism against the odds.

If you would like to interview Michael Jones, either prior to May 9 or on
the day, please contact Ralph Gibson, SMTF Hon Secretary for his contact
details.

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