On September 8 Belarus celebrates one of its most important and legendary holidays, the Day of Belarusian Military Glory.
This holiday reminds about the historical date, the victory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’s troops over troops of Moscow principality in the battle on September 8, 1514 near the town of Vorsha (Orsha).
The great battle was a victorious battle in this yet another war with Moscow principality, when Muscovite forces tried to occupy the territory of Belarus. One of the main heroes of the Vorsha battle was of Hetman Kanstantsin Astrozhski. He was in command of the 30,000 troops which defeated more than 80,000 troops of Moscow principality.
Only in the end of the 1980ies celebration of the Belarusian Military Glory Day started. And in 1992 on the anniversary of the great battle Belarusian officers solemnly took an oath to their native country and nation in Minsk on Independence Square. On September 8, 1992 in Minsk 12 officers and 3,000 reserve soldiers took an oath. Later participants of that ceremony were under pressure of the authorities, but in a short time all military units took an oath of loyalty to Belarus.