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Victory Day – May 9, 2012
11.00am – Act of Remembrance at Soviet War Memorial 2.00pm – Lecture in Cinema of Imperial War Museum
To mark the 67th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Fascism, you are cordially invited to join the Trustees of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund [SMTF] in an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Southwark, SE1 6HZ on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Standard bearers only are asked to arrive by 10.15am and report to the Parade Marshal, Peter Stoddart. Other participants are kindly requested to be present at the Memorial by 10.45am.
The Mayor of Southwark, local and national politicians, diplomatic representatives from a number of countries, British and Russian war veterans, schoolchildren and other supporters will be present. There will be limited seating available which is intended primarily for veterans, older participants and those laying wreaths on behalf of organisations. Any seating not required will be made available to members of the public. The ceremony is expected to last for less than one hour, so if you are able to stand, this would benefit others less able to do so. The co-operation and understanding of all those who attend on the day will be much appreciated.
Following the ceremony, at 2.00pm, the SMTF, in co-operation with the Imperial War Museum London, has organised a lecture by Professor Geoffrey Roberts, from University College Cork, entitled “Diplomat at War: Vyacheslav Molotov’s contribution to the Victory over Fascism”. Professor Roberts has written a number of works related to the USSR and the 2nd World War, including “Victory at Stalingrad: The Battle That Changed History”. Molotov was the Soviet Foreign Minister at the time of the Munich Agreement and subsequently signed the USSR-Nazi Pact of Non-Aggression with Joachim von Ribbentrop in Moscow on 23 August, 1939. Tickets for the lecture in the Cinema of the IWM are free, but as space is limited, you should reply to this email to reserve them.
Please reply to this email if you intend to lay a wreath on behalf of your organisation and/or if you wish to acquire free tickets for the afternoon lecture. PDF versions of the invitation letter and the reply forms are available on request, if you prefer to respond by post. FOR VETERANS/STANDARD BEARERS: If you have not received information by post, then let me know and I will send additional information by post or email, depending on your preference.
Regards Ralph Gibson Hon. Secretary – Soviet Memorial Trust Fund Direct Tel: 020 7370 3002 (at RIA Novosti)
SMTF, 320 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AB Tel: 020 7274 2282 / Eml: [removed]