266th Anniversary of Matvey Ivanovich Platov Birth
On August 17, 2019, a holiday was held in the village Starocherkasskaya, dedicated to the 266th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Cossack, General of cavalry, don ataman Earl Matvey Ivanovich Platov. The commemorative event was headed by the army ataman, the Cossack General Viktor Goncharov. They were attended by Cossacks and the atamans of different districts of the Don Army. As guests of honor, the occasion was visited by Director of the Department for the Cossacks and cadet educational institutions of the Rostov region, deputy ataman Sergei Batakov, the head of Aksay district Vitaly Borzenko, head of Starocherkasskaya rural settlement, ataman Eugeniy Galitsin.
On this day, on the square near the Army Cathedral of Christ’s Ressurection at the bust of Matvey Ivanovich Platov, a solemn construction of Cossacks and a meeting in memory of the famous ataman took place. The solemn part ended with laying flowers to the hero’s bust.
Addressing the Cossacks, the Army ataman Victor Goncharov, noted that the merits of Matvey Platov before the Don Army are great, he was one of the best generals of his time. Care of honor and glory of Russia – was a matter of life of the Don ataman. Ataman Goncharov also called Don people to remember that Don is Russia! Cossacks are its defenders, who must live like ataman Platov to be worthy of the ancestral heroes.
Then Cossacks took part in a service in memory of Matvey Ivanovich Platov in the Army Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection, which was led by the military confessor archpriest Georgy Smorkalov.
The celebration was continued by equestrian competitions of representatives of the Don army horse platoons.
The military equestrian festival is held once a year and has already become a tradition. It was organized by the Department of Cossacks and cadet educational institutions of the Rostov region and the Cossack army society “All-great Army of the Don”.