This event was timed to coincide with the National Unity Day.
After 60 post-war years, there is a need for a large-scale reconstruction of the building. With updated structures, the roadway was almost doubled, the bridge was actually rebuilt. The opening of the Old Bridge after reconstruction in the year of its centenary became a pleasant gift for Grodno residents. The plaques, however, were dismantled, but kept on the basis of one of the city enterprises. Today, renovated after restoration, they have taken their place of honor on the Old Bridge.
As the deputy chairman of the regional executive committee Vladimir Deshko, present at the opening ceremony of the restored historical tablets, noted, it is deeply symbolic that on the Day of National Unity and on the eve of the City Day, we are making our contribution to preserving historical memory.
− On September 17, we celebrate National Unity Day. It was on this day in 1939 that the liberation campaign of the Red Army began, which resulted in the unification of Western Belarus and the BSSR, said Vladimir Deshko, noting that after the August events of last year, this date is perceived differently. — We understand that we could again lose, as in 1921, a single country, a single people.
− The western regions, torn off from the country, returned to the Belarusian family. The importance of the holiday is undeniable. In the light of the current events, everyone realizes that the strength of the people lies in its unity, said Mieczyslaw Goy. According to him, the opening of historical tablets has become one of the gifts to the city for the holidays. On September 18, Grodno will also celebrate the City Day.
By the way, experts from the State Committee for Expertise in the Grodno region took part in the restoration of the original form of commemorative plaques.