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Abp Gabriel of Blagoveshchensk will perform Panichida in China

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  • Nelson Mitrophan Chin
    http://orthodox.cn/news/20080815heihe_en.htm Originally published in Russian by DECR Communication Service of the Russian Orthodox Church August 15, 2008
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      http://orthodox.cn/news/20080815heihe_en.htm

      Originally published in Russian by DECR Communication Service of the
      Russian Orthodox Church
      August 15, 2008
      English translation by Igor Radev

      Archbishop Gabriel of Blagoveshchensk and Tindinsk will Perform a
      Panichida at the Beds of Honor of the Russian Soldiers who Died in 1945

      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.
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