Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

VOR Presents… Yaroslavl Paid Tribute to the Fallen Players of KhK Lokomotiv

About 6,000 people attended a memorial ceremony dedicated to the dead hockey players and staff of the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. The ceremony was held on Sunday in Yaroslavl at the Arena-2000 arena, as it was the fortieth day since the tragic death of the athletes.


Orthodox Christians believe that the “Particular Judgement” of each individual takes place on the 40th day after death… hence, its importance in Russian religious and secular circles.


The audience listened to music by Igor Butman and Yuri Bashmet and other musicians. Almost half of the audience held lit candles; the hall was almost full.


Yuri Bashmet performed at the memorial ceremony.


Yuri Bashmet playing Glinka…


The highlight of the ceremony was when all the pupils of the team’s hockey school went out on the ice… some 300 skaters… from the smallest to the oldest.


Three young hockey players carried a torch into the arena, and lit a memorial flame. “This flame will be kept at the club and we’ll bring it out for every match”, said Aleksandr Sakhanov, the PR manager of KhK Lokomotiv.


Earlier, in Yaroslavl’s Assumption Cathedral, there was a memorial service for those killed in the plane crash. After the service ended, the crowd went to the Leontevskoe Cemetery to visit the graves of the hockey players, then, they went to the arena for the secular memorial ceremony.


The Yak-42 carrying the team crashed on takeoff on 7 September at Tunoshna Airport in Yaroslavl. Immediately after leaving the ground, it fell on its wing, crashed, and caught fire. Of the 45 people on board, only hockey player Aleksandr Galimov and flight engineer Aleksandr Sizov managed to survive. Galimov died on 12 September, but Sizov is on his way to recovery, giving his first interview on 12 October, in which he stated that the pre-flight inspection didn’t find any equipment malfunctions.


16 October 2011

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

There’s nothing wrong and much right with having a secular memorial service as well as church services. For instance, it allows unbelievers to mourn, too. All too many so-called “Christians” paint “unbelievers” as immoral and nasty individuals. That’s NOT true in the least. Unbelievers are simply people who don’t hold a religion, and there are MANY reasons why people feel that way (including the grim, heartless, and nasty behaviour of “Christians”). Trust me… there are many “unbelievers” whose company I prefer to that of so-called “Christians” (especially those of the Evangelical rightwing).

Death is a mystery before which all of us, both believer and unbeliever, Christian and non-Christian, stand in awe. None of us views it lightly. That’s why secular memorial services are good, too. Fie on all the “Evangelical” phonies who attack them as “pagan” (and double fie on the Orthodox who ape them).

I bow before the surviving families and friends. Вечная память. Eternal Memory. Anything else is worthless wind and verbiage.


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