On August 15th, 2008, at the places where the soldiers of the Second Red Banner Army who were killed in August 1945 and were subsequently buried at Heihe in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, a delegation of the Amur region will be heading. The delegation will include Archbishop Gabriel of Blagoveshchensk and Tindinsk, the president of the regional legislative assembly Nikolay Shwec, as well as other representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the local government and different public organizations - informs the press service of Blagoveshcensk Diocese.
The organizers of the trip are publicly funded by the military veterans and the party "One Russia" as part of the "Historical Remembrance" project. The goal of the project is to restore the names of those compatriots who lost their lives on Chinese soil and honor their memory. On the territory of the Amur region and the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, where bloody battles with the Japanese occupiers took part in August 1945, there are more than 20 military cemeteries, of which 17 are on Russian territory and 4 on Chinese. In them, around 350 servicemen lie.
In the neighboring town of Haihe, in the park named after General Wang Su, on the shore of Amur river, there is a military cemetery in which 78 servicemen of the Second Red Banner Army lie buried. On that spot will be conducted a Service for the Killed Officers and Soldiers, who died for the faith, freedom and the Fatherland. The Panichida will be performed by Archbishop Gabriel of Blagoveshchensk and Tindinsk and assisted by Hierodeacon Peter (Kuskov).
Beds of honor and memorial cemeteries can also be found at the village of Siganzi, the towns of Sunfu and Xunke. A delegation of the Amur region will pay a visit to the cemeteries and honor the memory of those fallen.