Vladimir Putin laid wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Before the ceremony, the President personally greeted each veteran, exchanging handshakes and warm words.
On June 22, the day the Hitlerites launched their attack on USSR 79‑years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin honored the memory of the Soviet soldiers whose lives were taken by the Great Patriotic War by laying a wreath at the Eternal Flame by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony traditionally took place in the Aleksandrovsky garden. Before the ceremony, the President personally greeted each veteran, exchanging handshakes and warm words. The wreath-laying ceremony marked the Day of Memory and Grief, observed on June 22 in Russia.
Soldiers from the Honor Guard company placed a wreath adorned with ribbons in the colors of the Russian flag with an inscription in gold that read "To the Unknown Soldier from the President of the Russian Federation." Putin then adjusted the ribbons on it. After that, he bowed his head and honored the memory of those fallen in the years of the Great Patriotic War with a moment of silence. Russian President was joined at the ceremony by war veterans and cadets of the Suvorov military schools, who laid red carnations at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The event continued with a march by soldiers from the Russian Ground, Aerospace‑, and Navy‑ forces. Vladimir Putin ended the ceremony by laying flowers at the Alley of Hero‑Cities.
At dawn on June 22, 1941, the Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union without a declaration of war. On the first day of the war already, thousands of Soviet soldiers and civilians were killed, and 1.2 thousand aircraft, tanks, and artillery pieces destroyed. On November 25, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the amendment to the law "On Days of Military Honor and Memorable Dates of Russia." A new memorable date was included on the list: June 22, the Day of Memory and Grief, on which the Great Patriotic War broke out.
The remains of an unknown Soviet soldier were transferred from a mass grave in the Moscow Region and reburied with honors in the Aleksandrovsky garden in 1966. In the following year, a memorial was created there, with the Eternal Flame becoming its key element. Post One, the honor guard by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, was created in 1997. In 2009, the monument was given the status of a nationwide memorial of military honor, and the complex was augmented with a stele to commemorate the cities bearing the honorable title shortly thereafter.