The Eternal Fire Will Burn Forever
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
9 May 2022
By Alexander Arefiev, Press Attaché, Embassy of Russia in South Africa
There is one very special monument in Moscow. It is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – a memorial complex dedicated to all the heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect our Motherland, the Soviet Union, and defeat Nazism. It’s located in Alexander Garden, right next to the Kremlin Wall – in the very heart of Russia. Part of this memorial complex is the Eternal Fire – a bronze star with flames coming out of its centre. This fire is one of the symbols of Victory alongside the red star, Georgian black and orange ribbon and cranes. The Eternal Fire never dies out regardless of weather conditions. It is a symbol of our nations’ everlasting memory of the courage and devotion to duty displayed by, as President Vladimir Putin said, a Generation of Victors. It is a symbol of our people’s unbreakable will. And this will, just as our memory and our gratitude to our ancestors, will never die out.