The Head of the State honored the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, laying a basket of flowers to the Monument.
At the ceremony conclusion the President of Kazakhstan visited the tent city in "Student" Park and spoke to the media.
Nursultan Nazarbayev in his speech thanked and congratulated the war veterans, noting the courage and bravery shown by them in the face of the enemy.
- The war veterans paved the way to our happiness, independence and today's clear blue sky. Laying flowers today at "Otan Korgaushylar" Monument, we are showing our feelings of great admiration for the heroism and labor of our people on the fronts and in the rear, the Head of the State said.
The President of Kazakhstan stressed that World War II was the most bloody in the history of mankind, which claimed the lives of tens of millions of people.
- Among the dead were people from Kazakhstan. 20 percent went to the war fronts out of total 6 million population of the republic. Half of them have not returned, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The Kazakh leader noted the crucial role of Victory in the history of Kazakhstan's Independence and stressed that it was achieved only thanks to the unity of the country’s nation.
- Therefore, our respect for veterans should be as great as their feat. First of all, the victory was achieved as a result of unity, brotherhood and friendship of all the people who inhabited the country. It is with this slogan that we are living now, said Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In conclusion, the Head of the State once again congratulated the entire nation of Kazakhstan on Victory Day, wishing good health and prosperity.