For Memorial Day on May 29, 2017, I got a shorter than usual newsletter. Our Russian friends must know that Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the USA for remembering those who died while serving in the US armed forces. Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is to remember those who died while serving, while Veterans Day honors all U.S. military veterans.
As a member of Veterans for Peace (VFP), I think that the best way to honor those fallen in the service to their country is to conduct such foreign policy that minimizes and, hopefully, reduced to nil, human sacrifices on both sides. We should strive to achieve our national security by not threatening, humiliating and bombing our opponents but by pacifying them with our readiness for a negotiated compromise. It is my duty to forward the BELOW announcements of various peace promoting events.
In my book, Russia Beyond Communism: A Chronicle of National Rebirth (https://www.amazon.com/Russia-Beyond-Communism-Chronicle-Contemporary/dp/0813383617), written and published BEFORE the collapse of the USSR, I predicted that the best future was to abandon Communist ideology and return instead to the traditional roots of Russian culture, including Russian Orthodox Christianity. In fact, my book was dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of Russia's baptism in the year of 988. Since the August 1991 coup, Russia has been indeed returning, gradually and tentatively, to its traditional Christian roots. If before 1991 Soviet soldiers were forbidden to wear crucifix or any other religious symbol, now Russian generals, politicians, and Vladimir Putin like to stress that Russia's basic ethical value system is close to that the US and European Union.
On May 25, President Putin gave a Speech at a ceremony consecrating the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the New Martyrs. Symbolically the Church is near the Lubyanka Square with its Lubyanka Building notorious for Soviet secret police persecution of all believers as well as dissidents. That's what he said:
This ceremony consecrating the new church at the Sretensky Monastery is an important and significant event not only for Orthodox believers, but for our society as a whole. This is because this church is dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ, and to the new martyrs, in other words, to the memory of those who suffered during the years of anti-religious persecution and who died during this time of repression. At the same time, it embodies the spirit of reconciliation.
It is deeply symbolic that this new church is opening on the year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the February and October revolutions (of 1917) that were the departure point for many of the serious trials our country had gone through during the twentieth century.