THANKS FOR THE GREAT VICTORY!
On May 8, 2015, the solemn ceremony was held at the All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Aviation Materials dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Not only management and employees of VIAM, but also the war and labor veterans, Nikolai Gonchar, deputy of the State Duma, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, secretary of the Moscow City regional branch of "UNITED RUSSIA" and Victor M. Chuyko, president of the Association "Union of Aero Engines" have attended the event.
A solemn meeting was opened by Cand. of Sc (Eng.) Denis V. Grashchenkov, head of scientific-research bureau «Nonmetallic materials, metallic composite materials» "Years are passing, generations are changing, but the memory of the feat of the heroes who saved the world from the fascist threat does not fade in our hearts. A deep bow to you, dear veterans! "- he said to those who defended freedom and independence of our Motherland.
Nikolai Gonchar congratulated the staff of the institute with the "most important holiday of our country" and noted that VIAM is his home organization. "It is important that the youth presents at such events and picks up the baton of time from the older generation. Due to that we have common symbols, holidays and ideals," - said Nikolai Gonchar.
Victor Chuiko congratulated the management and staff of the Institute on the Victory Day. According to the guest, VIAM has been making an invaluable contribution to our country's defense during all its history. "Your development saved thousands of Soviet pilots during the World War II and now is in a good demand", - he said. "Today we honor those who have paid a heavy price in the fight against fascism. This festival unites us due to our joint pride for the people, who stood in a fierce battle with the invaders and restored the country after years of war, "- said Viktor Chuiko.
Then the floor was given to Cand. of Sc. (History) Captain First Rank Vladimir D. Ovchinnikov, senior researcher of the Research Institute for Military History under the Academy of the General Staff. In his speech, he noted more and more often there is a desire among certain forces to rewrite history, to denigrate the great victory of our country and our people in the terrible war. "As a historian, I want to say that in professional circles, there is no disagreement as to who attacked the Soviet Union, who was the aggressor and whose army defeated the Nazis. The reasons for such insinuations lie in the political and ideological plane, "- said Vladimir Ovchinnikov. According to him, all our detractors need to understand one fact: in 1941, the Soviet Union was attacked by an insidious and powerful enemy; we suffered heavy losses, but eventually “wrung his neck”. "That is the main lesson that must be learned throughout the world", - said the historian.
Then the floor was given to Konstantin K. Yasinsky, the veteran of the World War II and leading researcher of VIAM and to engineer Nikolai I. Nephyodov, representative of the Council of young scientists and specialists of VIAM.
After that Academician Evgeny Kablov, Director General of VIAM, rose to speak. In his speech, he thanked the veterans who defended our Homeland from the Nazis, and expressed gratitude to the staff of the Institute for the fact that "they hold sacred traditions, honor the memory of those who defended our Motherland and who forged the weapon of victory. "
The head of VIAM said: "Our country had to pay a high price for this victory. Each participant of the Great Patriotic War waged a personal war, defending his home, relatives and friends". According to him, an important factor in education of the younger generation is glorification of heroism of Soviet soldiers, but without to belittle the power of our enemy. "The Germany Nazism had a powerful military potential, which smashed European countries one after another," - he emphasized.
Evgeny Kablov also raised the issue of falsification of history of the Great Patriotic War. "There are many active attempts to present the Soviet Union as an aggressor, to equate the leaders of the Soviet state and Germany. The worst thing is that these attempts are made not only by foreign media, but also by domestic pseudo-historians who do not respect the memory and traditions of their Motherland", - said the head of VIAM. We must not allow even the slightest attempt to steal our victory in that terrible war, "- he pointed out.
Evgeny Kablov also reminded of the significant contribution to the Victory that VIAM made during the war. "We must remember our teachers, who created all the necessary materials for the aircraft production. Thanks to their work, VIAM was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1945"- he said.
The head of VIAM also presented gifts to veterans and diplomas to the winners of the drawing competition "The Victory in eyes of children" dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. In turn, Victoria Lomakina, the winner of the contest told the short poem "Grandfather's story."
After the solemn meeting, the participants laid flowers at the monument to VIAM employees who fell in battles in World War II.
It should also be noted that on May 8 the solemn meetings and laying flowers at the monuments took place both on the second territory of VIAM and at branches of the Institute. Opening the meeting on the second territory, Sergey Trusov, the chief engineer of the Institute, noted that "Victory Day is a holiday that has become a symbol of heroism of our great multi-ethnic nation, its invincible steadfastness and indestructibility of spirit."
On the same day, the guests VIAM, winners of the contest of children's drawings and their parents visited the museum of the Institute, where they were acquainted with initiation of the domestic materials science, contribution of VIAM to the victory over Nazism, as well as with unique development for aircraft, space, nuclear and many other industries.
The celebration was continued with a festive concert performed by the Orchestra of Russian Interior Ministry troops under the leadership of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Colonel Igor Yu. Lewandowski.
Wartime songs were performed by honored artists of Russia Roman Ulybkin and Nadezhda Fedorenko, as well as by Olga Getman, Maxim Tokayev, Larisa Volzhanina and Irina Chuvakova.