As reported by Censor.NET citing the regional council's press service, the trees personify Ukrainian soldiers who perished while defending the country's independence. They were planted by the fallen servicemen's parents, friends, companions-in-arms, regional state administration employees, IDPs, and schoolchildren.
Mother of a deceased serviceman Svitlana Kotsiar said: "I lost my son in a fierce battle in the country's east. Ihor was only 20. He was keen on living and was a real patriot. I remember him telling me: "We are now making Ukraine's new history and I'm going to get my name mentioned in it." And he actually got, but posthumously. The tree I am planting symbolizes his soul. I am happy this Alley of Memory is being created in the city."
The anti-terrorist operation (ATO) participant Viktor Malkov said: "I was a member of the 93rd brigade. Some of my friends perished, but some keep on living and fighting for a better future. I'm planting these trees in memory of all the ATO participants. I wish their acts of valor are never forgotten."
Images courtesy of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration
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