In California, at the Orthodox cemetery opened Memorial cross Michael Turgiev
FORT ROSS (USA), 13 Oct — the opening Ceremony of a memorial cross at the first Orthodox cemetery in California at Fort Ross was held on Saturday with the participation after the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov and the state Governor Jerry brown, the correspondent
“We are very committed to the Fort Ross. We are committed to partnership with Russia. I must admit that this funding was from state to state, but in part it came from Russian investors. I know there in Washington they are just scared of that. But we in California believe in cultural differences, we believe in hospitality, we believe in respect for our ancestors,” — said the Governor of California.
Brown thanked Antonova, and also Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia and the Deputy of the state Duma Inga Yumashev, who was present at the ceremony.
“We got American politicians, Russian politicians. I think this is a good sign. But don’t tell anyone in Washington. There is really something happening,” he added.
“The recollection of common milestones in the history of Russia and the United States has always been an important element in creating an atmosphere of trust and understanding. We hope that this work will continue regardless of the political fluctuations, will promote the development of bilateral humanitarian ties and contacts between people”, — said the Ambassador Antonov at the opening ceremony.
He thanked the government of California, which, despite the willingness of the Russian side to Finance works on improvement of the cemetery, took it upon himself.
Antonov also thanked the leaders of the tribe Kashia-Pomo, which, like 200 years ago, living on these lands and gave consent to install a memorial cross. Members of this tribe during the ceremony sang a song, blessed the cross.
In conclusion, he was consecrated Bishop of Seattle, vicar of San Francisco and Western American dioceses of ROCOR Theodosius.
Fort Ross was founded in 1812 by the Russian-American company on the Pacific coast of California 80 miles from San Francisco to fishing and the fur trade. In 1841 the company sold its property to large landowner John Sutter.
Currently, the Fort is a state historic Park of California, which since the nineteenth century preserved home of the last Russian commandant Rotchev object of historical value of national importance.
Located near the cemetery, became the first Orthodox cemetery in California. 131 there discovered the tomb, buried not only the Russian sailors, workers, peasants, but also imported from Alaska hunters, workers and members of their families and Christianized the indigenous people. Due to the fact that the sailors are buried there, the cemetery received the status of military burial.