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February 23 is our day!

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I may not be original if I say that February 23 is one of the most controversial holidays in Russia. Of course, no comparison with June 12 and November 4, but nevertheless, a lot of copies still break.



But if with the latter two it is not entirely clear WHAT we are celebrating (and for some it is not at all clear), then from February 23 - WHO should celebrate.

From the "Calendar", where there are descriptions of all the holidays, I pulled out the following phrase:

“Nevertheless, the majority of citizens of Russia and the countries of the former USSR tend to view Defender of the Fatherland Day not so much as the anniversary of victory or the birthday of the Red Army, but rather as the Day of real men, Defenders in the broadest sense of the word. For most Russians, this is an important and significant date. "

Yes, the mutation of the birthday of the Red Army on the Defender of the Fatherland Day has been tracked and described more than once already, so it's not worth repeating. The result is one, we came to an incomprehensible term, which all men belonging to the gender fit according to gender. And partly the representatives of the beautiful half of humanity.

It is fair, since there are more and more women in our army.

February 23 is our day!

So whose holiday is this? Everyone in a row, including "potential" ones, whom we who served, frankly do not perceive, because to bring ourselves to a swine state on this day is one thing, but to go and serve the due is another.

I think that Defender of the Fatherland Day is a spiritual holiday. He is in the soul of everyone who is able to take a step forward.

Potentially, of course, everyone is able to defend their homeland. Only someone did it at the call of reason and soul, with understanding, and someone was in the way. Poor health, business, opportunities, not wanting to waste a year ... Well, you get the idea.

There is potential, but no fulfillment. "Well, I could not ...". And it only remains to have fun from the heart.

Defender of the Fatherland Day, if you take it thoughtfully, is a good holiday. With the largest and richest history.

Day of those who could.

Who was able to give up all their affairs, change the plow to a spear-spear and go to the shores of Lake Peipsi, on a date with the invincible German knights ...

Those who, wearing new bast shoes, walked slowly to the Kulikovskoye field, towards the invincible Tatars ...

Those who took Kazan and Astrakhan, built fortresses along the entire southern border, fought off the attacking Tatars ...

Who remembered in their souls their relatives and friends, walked briskly to Poltava, then an unknown Russian town, where the invincible Swedes were already waiting ...

Who on land under the command of the great Suvorov and at sea under the command of the great Ushakov showed the whole world that the terrible Turks are not at all invincible, but very much the other way around ...

Who in the frosty winter of 1812 with Kutuzov and his generals defeated the first European team under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was also invincible before ...

Who went out in his last attack from the dilapidated Osovets and died in the Galician swamps with Samsonov's 2nd army, saving this damn Paris ...

Someone in 1941, having picked up a rifle and a dozen cartridges, went to Vyazma and Oranienbaum. The Moscow and Leningrad militias are the supreme example of the valor of love for their homeland. No need to explain why. It should only be noted that in other cities it was a widespread phenomenon.

And who arranged May 1945 in Berlin ...

Who spat in the face of the bearded men under the green banner and did not leave for themselves the last patron in the "Republic of Ichkeria".

Who in our time helped the brothers to stand against fascism in the Donbass.

By the way, did you notice that it was after the Defenders of the Russian Land got up to fight that all these invincible armies became completely defeated? And it all ended sadly for them for a thousand years ...

Strange, isn't it? And as for me - everything is very natural.

In general, there is a difference between "potential" and real Defenders. A real Defender is, first of all, a Citizen with a capital letter, for whom there is no question of when and how to get up and go. And in the name of what.

And that is why our bright, warm, and most importantly - sincere congratulations to everyone who carried and carries on their shoulders a difficult responsibility for the fact that our Motherland will never be left without proper protection.

And today it does not matter at all whether it is men or women. Hundreds of years of war have shown that Russian women are no worse at coping with this task.

Therefore, dear men and dear women, Suvorov and Nakhimov men, privates and sailors, cadets, sergeants and foremen, warrant officers and warrant officers, comrade officers, generals and admirals, all in the reserve, but not feeling themselves in it, let me congratulate you, Defenders our Motherland, with your holiday!

Honor and glory to all the real Defenders of Russia!















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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 23 February 2021 04: 15
    +43
    Happy holiday men!
    Happy holiday to all servicemen!
    Separately, female military personnel!
    Our girls are the most beautiful!
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 23 February 2021 04: 16
      +57
      Happy Holiday!
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 23 February 2021 04: 21
        +24
        Happy holiday comrades, Hurray!
        1. Tatyana
          Tatyana 23 February 2021 07: 26
          +25
          Happy holiday, dear Defenders of the Fatherland! good

          Applauds you today
          All Russian land!
          I congratulate YOU heartily
          Since February 23! love

          1. Vladimir Mashkov
            Vladimir Mashkov 23 February 2021 13: 01
            +9
            I congratulate everyone on the Day of the Soviet Army, Navy and Defender of the Fatherland Day from Novorossiya! The time will come - and we will be together forever!
          2. hydroy
            hydroy 23 February 2021 14: 05
            -2
            If that last one is an American from the game Arma 2 ahahahahahahahahaha, like a sniper)
          3. hydroy
            hydroy 23 February 2021 14: 09
            -3
            Staff Sergeant Randy Sykes ("Ice Cold" - Iceberg) is a highly skilled sniper. Texan. The most cold-blooded member of the scouting group. Armed with an M14 DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) rifle.
      2. 210ox
        210ox 23 February 2021 04: 36
        +29
        Happy Holidays, colleagues! Everyone who has served, is and will serve in the Russian Armed Forces!
        1. Destiny
          Destiny 23 February 2021 04: 38
          +49
          Happy Holidays, guys! I wish everyone!
          1. Alena Frolovna
            Alena Frolovna 23 February 2021 05: 54
            +32
            Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day, men!

            Defense of the Motherland is a sacred duty,
            originally blessed by the Lord Himself.



            Defender of Motherland

            He doesn't argue, he just knows.
            Forgives weakness, does not reproach a coward
            And he does not finish off the fallen enemy,
            And keeps the word of honor in simplicity.

            He will not humiliate a Gentile with a glance,
            Will not ridicule the intricacy of phrases.
            He'll apologize first if necessary
            And the order will not be put on for show.

            He will stretch out his hand in the severity of love
            To the kid who fell into the abyss.
            And he will choose without uttering a sound,
            All the pains of the world, rather than war.

            He will allow a woman to be loved
            And before old age he will kneel.
            Protector of life, knight, friend - Man -
            He is both a wanderer and a royal drink.

            Terenty Travik
            1. Destiny
              Destiny 23 February 2021 06: 16
              +27
              Thank you for the sea of ​​kind words,
              It became warmer in my soul now.
              The answer to the congratulation is ready:
              Let happiness knock at your door!

              We wish that every new day
              Was valuable and unique for you,
              To be sad, to hurt you were too lazy,
              So that they are kept by their Angel.

              Thank you for your kindness,
              She was invaluable.
              May happiness be your friend
              Luck does not pass by.

              Health in life, long years
              And kindness from strangers.
              And may he always show the way
              To you the bright light of your home.
              1. dSK
                dSK 23 February 2021 06: 57
                +16
                Happy Holidays!
                1. Insurgent
                  Insurgent 23 February 2021 07: 13
                  +22
                  Quote: dsk
                  Happy Holidays!

                  Donbass, 23rd February always NOTED as the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy and as the Day of the Defender of the Fatherland,NOTES and henceforth WILL NOTICE !

                  1. Commissar77
                    Commissar77 23 February 2021 07: 29
                    +25



                    Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day !!!
                    1. Tatyana
                      Tatyana 23 February 2021 07: 43
                      +23
                      Quote: Insurgent
                      Donbass, February 23, has always CELEBRATED as the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy and as the Day of Defender of the Fatherland, and WILL BE CELEBRATED in the future!

                      To the defenders of the DPR and LPR - from the peoples of the Russian Federation Great Honor and Respect!

                    2. Egoza
                      Egoza 23 February 2021 08: 14
                      +24
                      Quote: Military Commissar77
                      Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day !!!

                      All those involved, present and absent, carrying the outfit and having a rest, all participants and employees of the Military Review. HAPPY HOLIDAY. We love you!
        2. Olgovich
          Olgovich 23 February 2021 07: 31
          +20
          Quote: 210ox
          Happy Holidays, colleagues! Everyone who has served, is and will serve in the Russian Armed Forces!

          Happy Holidays to all, who served in the ARMED FORCES of the USSR!

          Almost all men from the republics of the USSR celebrate it today - this is our common holiday!
      3. Blacksmith 55
        Blacksmith 55 23 February 2021 07: 18
        +19
        Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day, I congratulate all members of the forum
        And also my colleagues, military unit 64740 B, pos. Smolyaninovo.
        I wish you health and success.
        For me, this holiday will remain under that name.
      4. Aleks tv
        Aleks tv 23 February 2021 09: 50
        +15
        This is our holiday.
        Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day!

        And more:
        Today is the birthday of Azir Sadigov.
        Happy Holidays, Comrade Senior Sergeant of the Soviet Army!
        We Remember you, Apollo.
        Bright memory to you, friend ...

    2. AUL
      AUL 23 February 2021 07: 53
      +17
      Happy holiday to all the defenders of the Fatherland!
      Separately - those who served in the village of Taitsy in the "cellar"! soldier
      DMB72
    3. raw174
      raw174 23 February 2021 11: 48
      +10
      Quote: Victor_B
      Happy holiday to all servicemen!
      Separately, female military personnel!

      Happy holiday to all who served and serve! I also believe that this is a holiday not only for the army and the navy. Doesn't a firefighter and a rescuer protect their homeland, who risk their lives entering a burning house to save people? And the policeman who arrests the criminal stops the drunk driver? And what about the riot policeman storming the facility in which the gang has settled?
      I would say that this is a holiday for those who are ready to fulfill their duty, are faithful to the oath and for whom the word HONOR is not just a word. Happy DEFENDERS!
    4. Virus-free crown
      Virus-free crown 23 February 2021 12: 45
      +8
      Quote: Victor_B
      Happy holiday men!
      Happy holiday to all servicemen!
      Separately, female military personnel!
      Our girls are the most beautiful!

      For "The Day of Those Who Could." (c) article and further in the text good drinks soldier
      [media = https: //yandex.ru/efir? stream_id = vSedRh0EQiBs & from_block = player_share_button_yavideo]
  2. Nikolay Ivanov_5
    Nikolay Ivanov_5 23 February 2021 04: 16
    +19
    I congratulate everyone on the Defender of the Fatherland Day.
  3. Van 16
    Van 16 23 February 2021 04: 19
    +19
    Happy Holidays!
  4. bayard
    bayard 23 February 2021 04: 19
    +25
    All men who know what service is - HAPPY OUR HOLIDAY !!!
    Health, good luck and clear sky!
  5. Catfish
    Catfish 23 February 2021 04: 34
    +24
    I sincerely congratulate the entire VO personnel on our wonderful Holiday!
    All good health, good luck and complete well-being in your personal life. smile drinks soldier
    1. Destiny
      Destiny 23 February 2021 07: 55
      +23
      Happy Holidays to all sea souls!
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 23 February 2021 09: 25
        +12
        Thank! Although I am a tanker on an urgent basis, my soul is still sea. smile drinks
        1. Richard
          Richard 23 February 2021 15: 44
          +5
          Konstantin, your health drinks
          I also like the sea. My great-grandmother's younger brother instilled love for him. He was an admiral in the Baltic. As a child, I spent every summer with him in Kronstadt. Where we have not just been with him, and Aurora, and warships and submarines, and forts and museums. Until now, arriving in Leningrad, I definitely visit my favorite Naval Museum.
          Since childhood I have always dreamed of becoming a sailor .. But it turned out .... the sea is not for my body - "persecution" in full smile
          But this, as they say, is lyrics.
          And most importantly, the holiday of all those involved! drinks yes
  6. Dmitry Potapov
    Dmitry Potapov 23 February 2021 04: 52
    +38
    My mother-in-law (the daughter of an officer of the Red Army (SA) who went through the war, who went through all the wanderings around the garrisons and parts of our vast country, who linked her life with an officer of the Soviet army) will forgive anyone who does not congratulate her on her birthday or New Year, but she will not forgive if she is not congratulated on May 9 or February 23. My generation (born in 1974) remembers this day as the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy. Happy holiday to all those who consider this holiday their holiday! For our mighty army, for our valiant fleet!
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 23 February 2021 08: 17
      +16
      The winds blow in February
      Howl in the pipes loudly.
      A snake rushes along the ground
      Easy blowing.

      Rising, rushing into the distance
      Aircraft links.
      It celebrates February
      Army birth.
    2. Blacksmith 55
      Blacksmith 55 23 February 2021 09: 45
      +9
      And your mother-in-law with this great holiday, her health and longevity.
    3. Doccor18
      Doccor18 23 February 2021 10: 21
      +10
      Quote: Dmitry Potapov
      My generation (born in 1974) remembers this day as the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy. Happy holiday to all those who consider this holiday their holiday! For our mighty army, for our valiant fleet!

      That's right! good
      Happy holiday to all the guys and girls in uniform and in stock !!!
      Good health!
  7. Korsar4
    Korsar4 23 February 2021 05: 09
    +19
    Happy Holidays!
  8. Soveticos
    Soveticos 23 February 2021 05: 20
    +17
    Happy Holidays to everyone! Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day! Happy Defender of the Fatherland!
  9. Split
    Split 23 February 2021 05: 35
    +22
    By the way, did you notice that it was after the Defenders of the Russian Land got up to fight that all these invincible armies became completely defeated? And it all ended sadly for them for a thousand years ...

    Krasava!
    I found myself a little
    Father Afghan ...
    Grandfather Quantum
  10. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 23 February 2021 05: 40
    +19
    I sincerely congratulate all Army and Navy men on the Holiday !!! I wish you good health, good luck and peace !!!
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 23 February 2021 08: 14
      +5
      Happy Holidays. In general, I was lucky - due to the fact that I got into the army at the age of 17, I managed to serve in the Soviet Army, but the same age, with whom life confronts, who is where ...
      Nothing, now I will make teas and "drip a glass" for myself)))
  11. tuts
    tuts 23 February 2021 05: 43
    +23
    Happy holiday men!
    Clear sky over your head !!!




  12. Split
    Split 23 February 2021 05: 48
    +11
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUehQB-RWQ4&ab_channel=RVISION%3A%D0%A1%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B5%D1%84%D0%B8%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BC%D1%8B
  13. svp67
    svp67 23 February 2021 05: 54
    +24
    Everyone for whom this date is not just a day in the calendar HAPPY OUR HOLIDAY !!! soldier laughing laughing
    1. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 23 February 2021 11: 27
      +8
      happy holiday ... Slav ... already a tear came ...
      1. Richard
        Richard 23 February 2021 16: 23
        +6
        Slavyanka ... already a tear came ...

        The immortal creation of Vasily Agapkin.
        Eternal bright memory and gratitude to him. "Slavyanka" and our army are inseparable
        Vasily Ivanovich Agapkin is the record holder for military service. 62 (Sixty two years !!!)
        In 1894, at the age of 10, he began serving as an apprentice in the orchestra of the 308th reserve Tsarevsky battalion of the Republic of Ingushetia, and in 1956 he retired at 72 with the rank of colonel.


        Until his death, Vasily Ivanovich considered his best performance of "Slavyanka" on 07.11.1941/XNUMX/XNUMX, where he conducted the combined orchestra at the parade on Red Square
        Once again - Happy Holidays to everyone !!!!
  14. Hog
    Hog 23 February 2021 06: 04
    +17
    All the holiday drinks
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  16. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 23 February 2021 06: 14
    +17
    Those who defended the Land of the Soviets with the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy, those who defend Russia with the Day of the Russian Army and Navy. But all of us with the Day of the Defender of the Motherland - our Russia.
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  18. Phil77
    Phil77 23 February 2021 06: 26
    +15
    Happy Holidays!
  19. Split
    Split 23 February 2021 06: 41
    +13
    For victory! Let's live ... Infantry
  20. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 23 February 2021 07: 14
    +15
    Happy holiday, guys! Do not be ill. Wake up happy. And may your family and friends be healthy and happy.
  21. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 23 February 2021 07: 14
    +12
    All the holiday of the Defender of the Fatherland. All health, the rest will follow! Destroy the prepared "ammunition" with proletarian hatred! Happy holiday defenders and defenders! hi drinks good
  22. 2 Level Advisor
    2 Level Advisor 23 February 2021 07: 23
    +13
    Happy Holidays, Men!
  23. New Year day
    New Year day 23 February 2021 07: 36
    +40
    February 23 is one of the most controversial holidays in Russia.

    No contradictions! Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day!
    Health!
    1. Destiny
      Destiny 23 February 2021 07: 41
      +25
      Comrades, Happy Soviet Army and Navy Day!
      1. depressant
        depressant 23 February 2021 08: 14
        +20
        Men, women and children - defenders of the Fatherland, who have forever gone from us to a distant and high Glory, I remember you ... I congratulate you on the holiday - hear!
        My dear colleagues on the forums, happy holiday to you! Long life to you, prosperity to every home, warmth and light to you!
        I congratulate every soldier serving in the defense of the Fatherland - courage to you, fortitude and stay alive! And the main thing is unity for all of us.
        I hope that today's holiday for despite the frost will be soul-inspiring love love love )))))))
  24. arhitroll
    arhitroll 23 February 2021 07: 47
    +12
    Happy holiday!

  25. Yuri Tverdokhleb
    Yuri Tverdokhleb 23 February 2021 07: 48
    +12
    Dear VO fighters, I cordially congratulate everyone on the advancing SOVIET ARMY, let everyone be smart in the front.
  26. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 23 February 2021 07: 50
    +13
    For me, Defender of the Fatherland Day is, first of all, the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy. ...
    Happy Holidays to all who carried and are carrying hard service at sea, in the air, on distant frontiers.
    Happy Holidays. !!!
  27. bubalik
    bubalik 23 February 2021 07: 53
    +19
    The country has never been as defenseless as on the evening of February 23! drinks lol

    Who was not, who will be who will not forget .. soldier drinks
  28. north 2
    north 2 23 February 2021 07: 53
    +18
    I am happy and proud that I served when my Motherland, the USSR, was flourishing and there was a mighty state. And just at that time, the immortal words sounded that the Motherland begins ... with an oath that you took in your heart to her in your youth ...
    I congratulate all of you on this very dear holiday!
  29. Serg65
    Serg65 23 February 2021 07: 55
    +14
    All a happy holiday !!!! drinks soldier
  30. Thrifty
    Thrifty 23 February 2021 07: 57
    +11
    This is a holiday for those who have given or are giving up their military duty to the country, having served or being in the service in the ranks of our army! Therefore, I congratulate on the Holiday of February 23, first of all, all those who did not hide from the service, who, perhaps, fought in Afghanistan, then in Chechnya, and who
    and in Syria, who served and is serving now, or study to become a military specialist, or improve their military skills! For you, for us, for those who gave their debt to the Motherland, perhaps at the cost of their own lives! For peace in our country! !!!! drinks
  31. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 23 February 2021 08: 03
    +12
    Congratulations to everyone who has served, is serving, will serve!
  32. Borz
    Borz 23 February 2021 08: 07
    +20
    с

    Correct and necessary holiday! Congratulations to all serving and serving!
  33. K-50
    K-50 23 February 2021 08: 23
    +12
    All those who served and were involved with the Defender of the Fatherland Day !!!
  34. parusnik
    parusnik 23 February 2021 08: 25
    +13
    Who in 1941, picking up a rifle and a dozen or so cartridges

    My relatives, along two lines, created and defended the Socialist Fatherland, and from 1941 to 1945 they defended its freedom and independence. Most did not return. But they were cursed for creating it.
    Happy Holidays!
  35. parusnik
    parusnik 23 February 2021 08: 30
    +15

    Happy Holidays! drinks
  36. Million
    Million 23 February 2021 08: 35
    +11
    For those on the post!
  37. Poetry
    Poetry 23 February 2021 08: 35
    +11
    Happy Soviet Army (defender of the Fatherland) day !!!
  38. Prisoner
    Prisoner 23 February 2021 08: 39
    +13
    I don't see any contradictions! February 23, 1918 the birth of a new army, in essence and content of the new Red Army! Glory to the Red Army, glory to the USSR Armed Forces !!! Warriors of the RF Armed Forces, hold high the banner of the defenders of the Fatherland handed down to you by your great-grandfathers, grandfathers and fathers, sacredly honor the glorious combat traditions of our ancestors! Something like this. Without pathos, if, then our holiday, men. Thin-necked "advanced" historians, no less "advanced" dystrophic politicians, worms-liberals, in general, individuals who have not served in the army for a single day, are trying to replace on February 23 with something else. Only for many, our holiday is today!
  39. Mitroha
    Mitroha 23 February 2021 08: 41
    +11
    All a happy holiday !!!
    Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy !!!
  40. Alien From
    Alien From 23 February 2021 09: 12
    +9
    Happy Holidays everyone! Health, kindness and peaceful sky hi soldier
  41. V1er
    V1er 23 February 2021 09: 16
    +9
    Happy Holidays! Happy war and defender! I congratulate everyone who is already defending and who will defend our Motherland! Hurrah!
  42. Alex Justice
    Alex Justice 23 February 2021 09: 29
    +2
    Why February 23? May 9th would be better.
  43. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 23 February 2021 09: 30
    +9
    All who served the Motherland with the Holiday!
    Who swore allegiance to the USSR on the Day of the Soviet Army and the Navy.
    the rest are not sick)))
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  45. Victorio
    Victorio 23 February 2021 09: 50
    +8
    thanks, good article. There are many memorable dates in history. but this one is closer to us, and then it is up to future generations to decide.
  46. Proton
    Proton 23 February 2021 09: 50
    +7
    Guys!
    All the holiday!
    Health, success and clear sky over your head! soldier
  47. Arctic
    Arctic 23 February 2021 10: 04
    +8
    Everyone who served and wore epaulettes on the holiday ...
    And I also congratulate those of the "defenders" who cut it off, but in March ...
  48. XXXIII
    XXXIII 23 February 2021 10: 06
    +2
    With a greenhouse Slavic warrior!
    Arkona is the Russian Vatican.
  49. RitaNik
    RitaNik 23 February 2021 10: 10
    +8


    Happy holiday, dear Defenders of the Fatherland!
  50. Nikon OConor
    Nikon OConor 23 February 2021 10: 29
    +8
    Thank you!
    Happy holiday to all of us!