I, perhaps, will not be original, when I say, what 23 February is one of the most controversial holidays in Russia. Of course, no comparison with 12 June and 4 November, but nonetheless, copies still break a lot.
But if with the last two it is not entirely clear, WHAT we celebrate (and some do not understand at all), to the 23 February - WHO should celebrate.
From the "Calendar", where there are descriptions of all the holidays, I pulled out just such a phrase:
"Nonetheless, most citizens of Russia and the countries of the former USSR are inclined to consider Defender of the Fatherland Day not so much, as the anniversary of the victory or the birthday of the Red Army, how much, like real men day, Defenders in the broadest sense of the word. For most Russians, this is an important and significant date ".
Yes, the mutation of the birthday of the Red Army on Defender of the Fatherland Day has been traced and described more than once already, therefore it is not worth repeating. result of one, we came to an incomprehensible term, gender-matched by all males. And partially the representatives of the beautiful half of humanity.
rightly, because in the army of our place there are more and more women.
So whose holiday is this? Everyone in a row, including "potential", which we, served, frankly do not perceive, for bringing yourself to a swine state on this day is one thing, but to go and serve the due is different.
I think so, that Defender of the Fatherland Day is a spiritual holiday. He is in everyone's soul, who is able to take a step forward.
Potentially, of course, everyone is able to defend the Motherland. Only someone did it at the call of reason and soul, with understanding, but someone was in the way. Poor health, affairs, opportunities, not wanting to waste a year ... Well, you get the idea.
The potential is there, but no execution. "Well, I couldn't ...". And only remains, what to have fun from the heart.
Defender of the Fatherland Day, if you take it thoughtfully - it's a good holiday. With a huge and rich history.
Day of those, who could.
Who could give up all their affairs, change the plow to a spear-spear and go to the shores of Lake Peipsi, on a date with the invincible German knights ...
Who is wearing new sandals, walked slowly to the Kulikovo field, towards the invincible Tatars ...
Who took Kazan and Astrakhan, built fortresses along the entire southern border, fought off the attacking Tatars ...
Who remembered in the soul of family and friends, walked briskly to Poltava, then unknown Russian town, where the invincible Swedes were already waiting ...
Who on land under the command of the great Suvorov and at sea under the command of the great Ushakov showed the whole world, that the terrible Turks are not invincible at all, but quite the opposite ...
Who is frosty in winter 1812 years with Kutuzov and his generals, he defeated the first European team under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte, also previously invincible ...
Who went out in his last attack from the dilapidated Osovets and died in the Galician swamps with Samsonov's 1st army, saving this damn Paris ...
Who in 1941 year, picking up a rifle and a dozen cartridges, went to Vyazma and Oranienbaum. Moscow and Leningrad militias, this is the supreme example of the valor of love for one's homeland. No need to explain, why. It should only be noted, that in other cities it was a ubiquitous phenomenon.
And who through 17 years, I arranged May in Berlin 1945 of the year…
Who spat in the face of the bearded men under the green banner and did not leave the last patron for themselves in the "Republic of Ichkeria".
Who in our time helped the brothers to stand against fascism in Donbass.
by the way, you noticed, what exactly after, how the defenders of the Russian land got up to fight, all these invincible armies became completely defeated? And it all ended somehow sadly for them for a thousand years ...
strangely, true? And as for me, everything is very natural.
Generally, there is a difference between "potential" and real Defenders. A real Defender is, first of all, a Citizen with a capital letter, for which there is no question that, when and how to get up and go. And in the name of what.
And therefore our bright, warm, and most importantly - sincere congratulations to everyone, who carried and bears on their shoulders the difficult responsibility for, that our Motherland will never be left without proper protection.
And today it doesn't matter at all, is it men or women. Hundreds of years of wars have shown, that Russian women are no worse at coping with this task.
Therefore, dear men and dear women, Suvorov and Nakhimovites, privates and sailors, cadets, sergeants and foremen, warrant officers and warrant officers, fellow officers, generals and admirals, all in stock, but not feeling themselves in it, let me congratulate you, Defenders of our Motherland, happy holiday!
Honor and glory to all real Defenders of Russia!
used photos:Roman Skomorokhov, Evgeny Polovodov, press service of the RF Ministry of Defense