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21 July,

Azerbaijan commemorates Victory Day

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74 years have passed since the victory over German fascism. The Second World War claimed more than 60 million lives.

A solemn ceremony has been held in Baku to mark the 74th anniversary of victory over fascism in World War Two, AzerTAG reported.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.

President, Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the statue of Major General of Tank Troops, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Hazi Aslanov.

President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva posed for photographs together with veterans of World War Two.

A guard of honor passed in front of President Ilham Aliyev under the accompaniment of a military march.

Azerbaijanis made great sacrifices both on the front line and the rear during the war. Baku oil has an important role in ensuring the victory. 420,000 out of 650,000 Azerbaijani citizens did not return from war. For their great courage, 43 Azerbaijanis were awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union while 30 were awarded with the Order of "Glory" in all three degrees.

The names of Hero of the Soviet Union for twice Hazi Aslanov, Heroes of the Soviet Union Israfil Mammadov, Aslan Vezirov, Adil Guliyev, Ziya Bunyadov, Garay Asadov, Melik Maharramov, Mehdi Huseynzade and generals Mahmud Abilov, Akim Abbasov, Tarlan Aliyarbeyov, Hajibaba Zeynalov and many of others were written in our people's history with golden letters for their bravery.

The victims of 1941-1945 are always commemorated in Azerbaijan, the high level of attention and care are paid to the war veterans by the state.

The victory over fascism is celebrated as an official holiday in Azerbaijan too. Events are held in different parts of the country and in the capital on the occasion of the Victory Day.

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