By Zulfiya Iskalieva
On May 2 the residents of Atyrau marched along the main Satpaev Avenue holding the portraits of war veterans - their grandfathers and great-grandfathers. Our city in such a way expressed its worship for a personal feat of each war soldier who died on battle fields or in post-war time.
The event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Great Patriotic War was organized by the youth resource center of Atyrau and was supported by the Mayor's office. At the beginning of April they made announcements in mass media with an appeal to the city citizens to participate and gather at the agreed place with photos of the relatives who participated in the WW2. About 400 people responded, but the number of people who showed up was more than 400.
The column was accompanied by military brass band and motorcyclists of bikers' club "Wild West Wheels Brothers".
Both adults and children were holding the portraits.
- I was 4 years old when my father Kuanysh Mendibaev went to war. He fought in 126th shooting division and died in 1942 near Stalingrad,- says Nina Kuanyshevna.
Young Sairanbek Bekenov never saw his grandfather Zhalel Imangaliev who died after the war, but he heard many stories about his granddad. Zhalel-ata fought under Smolensk, and during peaceful life he worked as the teacher at the school. He taught the Kazakh language and literature and was a respected teacher.
The participants of the procession approached Issatai and Makhambet Square where they turned the photos and biographies of veterans over to the Museum of Military Glory located at the Atyrau Institute of Oil and Gas. Organizers of the event hope that the event will turn into a good tradition of our city.