May 9 is a Victory Day. This celebration, which calls us all to true patriotism, is a national holiday, symbolizing boundless love for the Motherland, courage and bravery, harmony and friendship in our society. This is the day when we bow our heads in memory of those killed in the Great Patriotic War, who showed unparalleled heroism and selflessness, the day when we honor the living veterans of our country.

In honor of this momentous event, employees of the Balkan velayat branch of the National Red Crescent society of Turkmenistan held a meeting with veterans of the velayat and presented them with souvenirs. 

Every year fewer and fewer veterans are left, but our memory and gratitude do not fade. They are our pride! We should always remember their heroic deeds in the name of life!




– Humanity

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance
without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and
national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose
is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual
understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

– Impartiality

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It
endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give
priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

– Neutrality

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or
engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

– Independence

The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services
of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain
their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the

– Voluntary service

It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

– Unity

There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open
to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

– Universality

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status
and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
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