The message reads, in part:
“I believe the project launched today in Sevastopol to be an important and relevant initiative designed to bring together people from across the country who share enduring patriotic, spiritual and moral values and are committed to preserving the memory of our dramatic past and of the millions of people who perished in the Great Patriotic War.
It is wonderful that every year more and more people join this campaign by planting blossoming gardens in Russian cities and towns. After all, we pass on from one generation to another, from parent to child, and on to our grandchildren the sincere and deep respect we owe to the immortal feat accomplished by our people and its heroes who stood up for the freedom and independence of their homeland. I am certain that this momentum will carry on into the future.”
First held in 2020, the Memory Garden International Campaign seeks to perpetuate the memory of all those who died during the Great Patriotic War by planting 27 million trees in memory of the 27 million victims.
In the first two years, more than 2 million people from all 85 regions of Russia took part in the campaign. Over 50 countries across the world supported this major initiative.