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Victory Day Lyness Wreaths



Today, May 9th, is known as Victory Day in Russia, where it is a national holiday and the country celebrates the victory over Germany in World War 2. The Russian Diplomatic Service lays wreaths to mark the event and this year Orkney joined only two other places in Scotland in having a wreath laid at the Lyness Memorial to the Arctic Convoys.

The sun had broken through early mist when representatives of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Navy Association, Orkney Islands Council and others from the memorial committee joined the Lord Lieutenant, Tony Trickett, and other Hoy residents at the Arctic Convoys Memorial this morning.

Timofey Kunitskiy, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh, laid a wreath and gave a short speech of thanks and appreciation to all those who served, many at the cost of their lives, on the difficult Arctic Convoys that helped to make final victory over Nazi Germany possible.



. . . .   AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING . . . .