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Monument of Bulgarian Liberation War Volunteers to be built in Sofia

Date: 29.06.2008

The Chair of the Bulgarian Parliament Georgi Pirinski turned Wednesday in Sofia the first sod of a monument of the Opulchentsi - the Bulgarian volunteers who fought for the country's liberation in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

The seven-meter high bronze monument will be located in the garden behind the Military Club in downtown Sofia.

The spot is presently marked with a rock brought from the Shipka Pass in the central Balkan Mountain, where the most horrific battle of the war won by the Bulgarian volunteers, took place.

The monument itself will be a figure of a volunteer holding the so called Samara Flag - the flag of the Bulgarian volunteer units in the Russian army at the time.

The project for the monument has been initiated by a patriotic committee, which collected the funds from donations. It is expected to be ready by August 24 - the date when the three-day Shipka Battle in 1877 ended.

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