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​President Margvelashvili Posthumously Awards Title of National Hero to Zurab Chavchavadze

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia has posthumously awarded the title of National Hero to Zurab Chavchavadze, prominent leader of 1980’s national movement for his selfless service to homeland and great contribution to fighting for Georgia’s independence and freedom.
President Margvelashvili has laid a wreath at Zurab Chavchavadze’s tomb, presented the state award to Chavchavadze’s family members and highlighted his great impact on shaping the patriotic spirit of Georgian people.
“Those who were born in the Soviet Union, developed the spirit of patriotism in an extraordinary environment - this was not a war, nor political debates; our personalities were shaped in our families, with our parents and their friends. This is how we started to love our homeland. Having been raised in such environment, with this energy we were serving our homeland.
I did not know Zurab personally, but I knew the people who had shaped his patriotism and spirituality. Mr. Niko was the person who introduced me to philosophy. There was an amazing environment at the Institute of Philosophy at that time. I know the Patriarch of Georgia, whose spiritual son was Mr. Zurab. In the early years of the Patriarchate, it was an environment where spirit of patriotism was developed among the people. When the Empire began to fall, everyone, of own free will and skills, joined the national movement.
Today we honor Zurab’s efforts. Until I transfer the presidential power to the new president in a few hours, I have the right to speak on behalf of the Georgian people and the state. I do not only honor Zurab Chavchavadze's work, but I once again try to show this public, especially the young generation what is exemplary in politics; show them another outstanding Georgian whose example they should follow. But we do not merely talk about the past; we talk about the future.
Our goal should be to build our homeland according to Ilia Chavchavadze’s values; our actions should follow Zurab Chavchavadze’s style. This highest award is for his soul, but also for the young politicians who will build this country based on these ideals. Once again, God bless Zurab Chavchavadze’s soul. I would like to thank his family for transferring his merit to future generations,” President Margvelashvili said.
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