On the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow, the annual Candle of Remembrance campaign to be held online

Every year on June 22 in memory of those who died during the Great Patriotic War, candles are lit throughout the country. This year, the nationwide Candle of Remembrance campaign will be held in a new format due to the pandemic - Russians will be able to light an online candle worth one rouble.

June 22 1941 forever changed the fate of all the peoples of our country. It was a regular Sunday afternoon. Graduation balls were held at schools, children were enjoying the holidays, and people were relaxing, doing household chores.


Nothing foreshadowed a terrible disaster, no one could have thought that very soon this date will go down in the history of the Fatherland, as the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow - the beginning of the most brutal and bloody war. During the Great Patriotic War, 27 million Soviet citizens died. By lighting 27 million virtual candles, Russia will honour every victim and render all possible assistance to the living veterans.

Anyone can join the action. You can light your Candle of Remembrance on the website #day memory.rf from June 15 to 22. All funds will be directed by the ‘Memory of Generations’ Charitable Foundation to provide medical assistance to veterans of the Great Patriotic War.
In total, it is planned to light at least 27 million candles to honour the memory of the fallen. And this means that at least 27,000,000 roubles can be used to provide medical assistance to veterans.
Editors’ note: As of the beginning of April 2019, 75,495 disabled people and direct participants in the Great Patriotic War, as well as workers at air defence facilities, lived in Russia. This was reported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.
According to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, in total in the country, there are 1.28 million people with the status of veterans and persons equated to them. To date, only 144 prisoners of fascism have survived.
Also among those equated with disabilities and veterans of the Second World War are residents of besieged Leningrad (about 96 thousand people), minor prisoners of fascism (almost 104 thousand) and widows of invalids and participants in the Second World War (240 thousand). Most of all the survivors are home front workers: more than 760 thousand people, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta.