Day of memory of defenders of Ukraine

What is this event?

Ukrainians celebrate August 29 Day of remembrance of defenders of the state. The memorial day was established by the Decree of President Zelenskyi in 2019 to honor the heroes who died during the Ilovai tragedy. The soldiers gave their lives in the fight for the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.

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How is the Day of Memory of Defenders of Ukraine celebrated?

The program of events of this day is implemented with the participation of high-ranking state officials, military personnel and family members of fallen soldiers, as well as representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the ceremonies, the names of the soldiers who died defending the Motherland from Russian aggression since 2014 are announced.

The memory of the dead is honored with a moment of silence and the laying of flowers.


  • The date of commemoration of the Day of Remembrance was chosen in connection with the events near Ilovaisk in 2014. Then the open Russian invasion led to large-scale fighting and the encirclement of Ukrainian servicemen. On August 29, 366 soldiers died and 429 were wounded.

The purpose of implementing the Day of Remembrance of Defenders of Ukraine

The purpose of the day is to remind the citizens of the country about the feat of the fallen soldiers. The symbol of the date is the sunflower flower, because it was the sunflower that was abundant in the fields during the Ilovai tragedy.

When will we celebrate the Day of Remembrance of Defenders of Ukraine?

Year Date Weekday
2021 August 29 Sunday
2022 August 29 Monday
2023 August 29 Tuesday
2024 August 29 Thursday
2025 August 29 Friday

Day of memory of defenders of Ukraine
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