On June 11, 2018 with the initiative of the Union of Georgian Veterans and Armed Forces, National Federation of Alpinists of Georgia, Newspaper “Vecherny Tbilisi”, Organization “Zlata Prague” of the Czech land farming in Georgia a meeting with the veterans of the Great Patriotic War was held on the theme: “Battle and Alpinist Friendship of the Czech Republic-Georgia”.
The meeting was attended by: Tengiz Shubladze, the professor, Doctor of Historic Sciences, General-Major, Chairman of the Presidium of the Union of Georgian Veterans and Armed Forces, Givi Kartvelishvili, the Chairman of the Organization “Georgian Alpinists in the Battle for the Caucasus” and what is more important, veterans of the Great Patriotic War.
The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Irakli Kandareli, the participant of the Great Patriotic War, fighter for the liberation of Caucasus and the Czech Republic. The meeting continued in pleasant atmosphere, periodically music created on the theme of the Great Patriotic War was played, fragments of important battles were shown. Veterans with tears in their eyes proudly recalled the hard days of that horrible war…
Tite Lepsaia, Chairman of the Tbilisi Union of Veteran
-A good event is being held today. The representatives of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Georgia decided to meet the Georgians having fought for the liberation of the Czech Republic and generally, the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, that makes our veterans very happy. Only few of them are now alive and we have to spend each day in taking care of them; give them warmth and love, express gratitude for protecting our land. Many Georgians fought for the Czech Republic but regrettably only two of them are alive and even they were unable to come here today…”
Tengiz Shubladze, the professor, Doctor of Historic Sciences, General-Major, Chairman of the Presidium of the Union of Georgian Veterans and Armed Forces:
-It is often said that in the Great Patriotic War Georgians fought in others’ war, that is very bad. It was the war for protecting the homeland and many Georgians died there. Soviet Union was our homeland and therefore we have the right to say that we were protecting our homeland. We should always remember those died in that war and respect their memory and we should cherish the veterans, who are alive historians of the war.
Prepared by Eka Naskidashvili