Gernika commemorates this Tuesday the 85th anniversary of the fascist bombing of the civilian population

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The event will take place from 4.30 pm at Zallo cemetery. A number of survivors will be present at the flower offering. The First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine, Sergii Solovey, will also be in attendance.

The Biscayan city of Gernika commemorates this Tuesday the 85th anniversary of the bombing of the civilian population by the Condor Legion of the Nazi army and Italian fascists, taking part in the reaction and the flower offering for the victims of the Lehendakari, Inigo Urkulluthe First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine, Sergei Soloveyand the municipal company, headed by the mayor, Jose Maria Gorrono

Directors Josu Erkoreka, Idoia Mendia and Beatriz Artolazabal will join Urkullu in this act, which will be held from 4:30 in the afternoon. in Zallo cemetery, as a tribute to those who died in 1937 in the bombing during the civil war.

In addition to the representatives of the Basque government and the city council, some survivors will also be present at the flower offering. The First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine, Sergii Solovey, will also attend after the Lehendakari invited the ambassador, who cannot attend due to scheduling issues.

Later, during the commemorative acts of this anniversary, the Secretary-General for Foreign Action, Marian Elorzaand the Director of Migration and Asylum, Xavier Legarretawill attend a reception together with the representative of the Embassy of Ukraine at the Assembly House of Gernika, which will take place on the 5.30 pmto visit the Peace Museum later.

The memorial acts start tomorrow at 10:30 am.with a flower offering in the sculpture dedicated to Mayor José Labauria, who ran the municipality when the bombing took place.

At 12:00 noon, the Peace and Reconciliation Prizes will be awarded in the Lizeo Theater. The winners are the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the caretakers of the Calzada residence. In addition, the city council will 2:00. at the Frontón Jai Alai, a meal in honor of the survivors of the bombing.

At 15:45 the sirens and bells will ring again

From 3.45 pm the sirens and bells will sound again in the municipality to commemorate the bombing of the civilian population, prior to the flower offering for the victims in the cemetery. In addition, there is a silent candlelight tour through the city.

The program continues on Wednesday, at 9:00 am.with the inauguration of the congress of historians ‘Gernika 85 years: protection of historical memory’, to later visit Astra’s air-raid shelter.

Finally, the British correspondent will be honored George Steerwho spread the news of the air raid around the world.


Source: EITB

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