With the erection of a commemorative monument, the city of Alexandroupolis paid tribute yesterday to the Russian soldiers who lost their lives in the region during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-78.
After 133 years, the honoring monument is located near the ecclesiastic museum of the city and its inauguration ceremonies were attended by many local authorities, a Russian delegation, and hundreds of people.
Metropolitan of Alexandroupolis Anthimos and the Archbishop of Rostov Mercurios blessed the bones of the fallen soldiers before placing them inside the honoring monument.
Earlier yesterday morning, the contingent of almost 77 Russian marine soldiers marched along Greek soldiers in this year’s October 28th “Oxi” celebrating parade of Alexandroupolis and were warmly applauded by the locals. Russian “Tsesar Kunikof”, a forerunner landing warship has been sailing the Greek wasters since last Sunday with a total manpower of 150 mariners.
This is the first time Russian troops march next to Greek ones during a 28th October parade, stated Mr. Popov General Consultant of Russia in Greece.