The event of the final day of the programme dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the air route (better known as Alaska-Siberia) took place on November 18 at the Cinema House and brought together representatives of the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the Krasnoyarsk City Administration, the Public Chamber of Krasnoyarsk, some of the city's patriotic organisations and youth.
The conference opened with video greetings from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to the United States Anatoly Antonov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Canada Oleg Stepanov, who emphasized the historical significance of the ALSIB theme and expressed their respect for the organisation of the remembrance events.
Noting the importance of such events as the Week of Remembrance, Mayor Vladislav Loginov emphasized:
— Despite the events in the world, we have no right to forget about the courage of the pilots who at the cost of their lives ferried planes to the war front, about those aviation engineers and specialists who ensured the operation of the equipment and the ground infrastructure of the route. It is important to transfer this knowledge to the next generations through the creation of appropriate cultural and urban environment objects, as well as by holding such significant events as the Week of Remembrance. Today, as it is ending, it is also surely leaving its own special mark in the great work of preserving the truth about the feat of those who brought the Great Victory closer.
Vladislav Loginov thanked the enthusiastic researchers of the route's history. One of them, Vyacheslav Filippov, was presented with a city award by the Mayor - the Andrey Dubensky medal. Thanks to the public activities of the community activist, many facts of that mission and the names of its participants became known.
— The first time I ever came into contact with the topic of the air route was at school. I managed to visit the crash site of an old military aircraft near Krasnoyarsk. Since there was no information available anywhere, however, our attempts to find out anything about this event did not lead to anything. Years later, as I continued collecting bits of information, like-minded people joined. It was found that it was an accident during the transfer of the aircraft from Krasnoyarsk to the west, and the crew captain was a native of the Sukhobuzimsky district. And so we gradually plunged into the study and today we continue to do this work, – Vyacheslav Filippov said.
The Week of Remembrance of the Heroes of the Krasnoyarsk Airway started on November 11 - that day marks the 80th anniversary of the arrival in our city of the first batch of aircraft that the pilots flew under Lend-Lease. The Krasnoyarsk air route (Alaska-Siberia route) during the Great Patriotic War was one of the most important routes for delivering American aircraft, equipment, materials and food to the Soviet Union.
The Week of Remembrance turned out to be quite eventful – from 11 to 18 November, a number of events took place in Krasnoyarsk. The organizers of the Week of Remembrance were the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the Public Chamber of the city of Krasnoyarsk and the Victory Memorial Museum with the support of the Krasnoyarsk City Administration.
Interregional Competition-Exhibition of Children's Arts "Alaska-Siberia". Awarding ceremony
Dom Ofitserov hosted an exhibition of works by winners and finalists of the Interregional Competition-Exhibition of Children's Arts "Alaska-Siberia".
Stamp cancellation ceremony
The official ceremony of canceling postcards printed specially for the 80th anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk air route was held at the Victory Memorial Museum.
A solemn ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers on the mass grave of military pilots participating in the Great Patriotic War took place at the Troitskoye Cemetery.
Exhibition at Cinema House
Cinema House hosted a screening of a documentary by Krasnoyarsk director Elina Astrakhantseva "Wings. Gates of the Far North" (visited by the participants of the Post 1 project, members of the Yunarmiya (Youth Army) and students of the Krasnoyarsk branch of the St. Petersburg State University of Civil Aviation), as well as the closing ceremony for the Week of Remembrance.