Victory Day – May 9, 2010
Soviet War Memorial in London
The Soviet Memorial Trust Fund (SMTF) is organising a programme of events
in co-operation with Southwark Council and the Imperial War Museum London
to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe
– on Sunday, May 9, 2010, 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 former diplomat Sir Rodric Braithwaite and the
showing of films from the IWM archives.
Participants in the Act of Remembrance will include: The Mayor of
Southwark, Cllr Jeff Hook; The Rt Hon. The Lady Soames, LG, DBE, the
youngest daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill; the Russian
Ambassador, HE Yury Fedotov; representatives from other CIS embassies;
British and Russian Second World War veterans; standard bearers from UK
veterans organisations, and other individuals and organisations. At least
eight Soviet war veterans visiting the UK for 65th anniversary events are
expected to attend.
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. Very limited seating is available for
the Act of Remembrance and is intended primarily for veterans and those
participants who will lay wreaths during the ceremony.
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]
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 planned programme of events on Sunday, May 9, 2010 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 am – Standards process to the Memorial with the Mayor of Southwark
and Ambassadors. Act of Remembrance led by SMTF Chairman Philip Matthews
begins. Following addresses from the Mayor of Southwark and the Russian
Ambassador, wreaths will be laid at the Memorial by them and the
Ambassadors from CIS countries, war veterans and other organisations
supporting the work of the SMTF. The Last Post and Exhortation will be
followed by a TWO MINUTE SILENCE. Following the playing of Reveille,
Philip Matthews will make some closing remarks.
11.50 am – Act of Remembrance ends.
Following the formal Act of Remembrance, the Russian Ambassador, on behalf
of all the CIS ambassadors present, will invite veterans to join him in a
"Toast to Victory" close to the Memorial.
2.00 – 3.30 pm
In the Cinema of the Imperial War Museum London, illustrated talk by
historian and former diplomat Sir Rodric Braithwaite on his
highly-acclaimed book "Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War".
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 from the reception desk in
the Main Atrium inside the Museum.