World War II is often called the Great Patriotic War in Russia, and May 9 is one of the country’s most revered holidays. On May 6, University students and staff gathered at the traditional meeting to express gratitude to the veterans and to remember the victims.

They thanked the veterans and commemorated the fallen of the war. As for North-Ossetian State University, over 600 students and employees left to join the war fronts, and more then 100 of them did not return home.

“When war comes, there is a great temptation to lose the most important thing in a person – the spiritual and moral base. But the people of the University were the bearers of the highest moral culture in the most inhumane and the most horrible conditions, – noted rector Alan Ogoyev. – Today, we pay tribute to all those who did not return from the front, and who died in the harsh conditions in the rear”.

The Great Patriotic War began for the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, and lasted till May 9, 1945. As time goes by, witnesses to those 1418 days of hell are passing away.