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December 9 - Day of the Heroes of the Fatherland

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The Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious is considered the patron saint of soldiers. He helps everyone involved in military service.


In honor of this saint, the Russian Empress Catherine the Great on November 26, 1769 established the main state award - the Order of St. George. When the calendar was changed after the October Revolution, this date shifted to December 9, but before that the Russian Empire lived according to the "old style". The Order of St. George was awarded in the state to the military who showed special valor in battle.

A tradition has formed in the country on the day of St. George on December 9 (November 26, old style) to honor the Knights of St. George. Moreover, they honored not only renowned generals and commanders, such as, for example, full knights of the Order of St. George Mikhail Kutuzov and Mikhail Barclay de Tolly, but also ordinary soldiers, sailors and Cossacks who distinguished themselves for their bravery and deserved an honorary award.

The last time this Day of St. George Knights was celebrated at the state level was in 1916. And then there was a revolution that abolished the Order of St. George, his knights, military ranks and much more.

The highest state award of Russia was returned again in 2000, and in 2007 the holiday itself was revived - Heroes of the Fatherland Day.

Although December 9 is considered a normal working day, festive concerts and other celebrations are held throughout the country. Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of the Russian Federation are also honored today. And the people awarded with the Order of St. George are remembered in Russia not only on this holiday. Their names are forever engraved on the marble plaques of the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.

The editorial board of Voennoye Obozreniye sincerely thanks the holders of the Order of St. George. Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of Russia for their glorious deeds. Good health to all the living Heroes of the Fatherland and eternal memory to the fallen.

Honor and glory to you!
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 9 December 2020 04: 19
    +2
    Worthy people - Honor and glory to you!
    Personal courage and military talent have always been and will be held in high esteem!
    And Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of Russia, as a rule, courage beyond the realm of the possible.
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 9 December 2020 04: 42
      +2
      Heroes of the Fatherland - Honor and Glory!
      Heroes of the Fatherland - people's Love, Respect and eternal Memory!

      In the hardships of wars and in times of peace,
      Heroes carry a heavy burden.
      Low bow to the heroes of the country,
      Your deeds of Russia are important!

    2. Terenin
      Terenin 9 December 2020 07: 59
      +4
      The last time this Day of St. George Knights was celebrated at the state level was in 2016. And then there was a revolution that abolished the Order of St. George, his knights, military ranks and much more.
      Clarify the whole context !!!
    3. Civil
      Civil 9 December 2020 09: 13
      +4
      I would like to congratulate the heroes of Russia:
      1. Defense Minister S.K. Shoigu
      2. Former Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Ustinov V.V.
      3. Governor of the Tula region of the Russian Federation Dyumin A.G.

      Your feat will forever remain in the hearts of the liberals and patriots of our vast Motherland.
      You stood on a par with such heroes as A. Matrosov, R. Kadyrov, A. Kadyrov and Kalashnikov M.T.

      Honor and Glory to you. Heroes of our time.
  2. Mykhalych
    Mykhalych 9 December 2020 05: 01
    +1
    At all times, our Country was famous for its Heroes, Real Warriors for the Fatherland!
    1. Clear
      Clear 9 December 2020 07: 55
      +4
      Quote: Mykhalych
      At all times, our Country was famous for its Heroes, Real Warriors for the Fatherland!

      Happy Holidays, Heroes! Be healthy! love
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 9 December 2020 05: 01
    +6
    Eh, what kind of revolution happened in 2016 in our country? Do you even read what you write? Editors, amend the date to the text, otherwise it is completely absurd! !!!!!!!!
    1. ZAV69
      ZAV69 9 December 2020 14: 26
      +1
      Yes, he wrote everything correctly. Celebrated in 1916, and in 1917 there was a revolution
  4. Million
    Million 9 December 2020 09: 08
    +7
    Glory to the real heroes!
    Today, however, many want heroes