The Soviet Memorial Trust Fund is participating in a programme of events in co-operation with Southwark Council and the Imperial War Museum London to mark this year's Victory Day on Friday, May 9, 2007, starting at at 11.00am.
The events include an Act of Remembrance at the Soviet War Memorial, while inside the Imperial War Museum London there will be a talk by Sir Rodric Braithwaite on his book 'Moscow 1941: A City & Its People at War' and the showing of films from the IWM archives.
The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Bob Skelly, the Russian Ambassador, HE Yury Fedotov, representatives from other CIS embassies, British Second World War veterans and other individuals and organisations supporting the SMTF will lay wreaths at the Soviet War Memorial during the Act of Remembrance.
The short ceremony will include brief addresses from key participants, the sounding of the Last Post and a two minute silence.
The Soviet War Memorial is located in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ.
Members of the public are welcome at all the events listed. Although the talk and films are free-of-charge, due to space limitations it is recommended that people reserve seats by telephoning the IWM in advance on[masked] 5439.
Further details can be obtained from Ralph Gibson, Honorary Secretary of the SMTF. Tel:[masked] / Eml: [masked]
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The Soviet War Memorial in London was unveiled on May 9, 1999. It is dedicated to the 27,000,000 Soviet war dead of 1941-1945.
The SMTF organises three main ceremonies at the Memorial each year - on January 27 (Holocaust Memorial Day), May 9 (Victory Day - as marked in Russia and eastern Europe), and Remembrance Sunday in November.
The full programme of events on Friday, May 9 is as follows:
Participants gather in front of the main entrance to the Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road , SE1 6HZ.
Participants proceed short distance to the nearby Soviet War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance led by SMTF Chairman Philip Matthews.
Talk by former British Ambassador to Moscow Sir Rodric Braithwaite on his highly-successful book ' Moscow 1941: A City & Its People at War'. In the Cinema of the Imperial War Museum London .
Films from the archives of the Imperial War Museum London: See www.iwm.org.uk for more information.
NB: Although the talk and films are free-of-charge, it is recommended that people reserve seats by telephoning the IWM in advance on[masked]