Todor Zhivkov

Normal Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Social gathering and President of the State Council of the Individuals’s Republic of Bulgaria


Delivered on the Ceremonial Assembly Devoted to the 1300th Anniversary of the Founding of the Bulgarian State Sofia, October 20, 1981

Pricey compatriots,

Distinguished visitors,

Mates of Bulgaria from all components of the world,

From this festive rostrum, I deal with all women and men residents of socialist Bulgaria.

Brothers and sisters.

Historical past, the sage mentor of the peoples, is placing an hour most expensive to us: our folks, the folks of Bulgaria, is striding from its thirteenth into its fourteenth century.

A state’s antiquity is a supply of satisfaction for its folks. Twice extra justified is the satisfaction of that folks which doesn’t relaxation solely on its previous glory, however on its maturity and present-day achievements as effectively.

Our folks, the folks of Bulgaria, is such a folks.

Not solely has the folks of Bulgaria overcome the vicissitudes of destiny alongside its historic path of 13 centuries, nevertheless it stands in the present day earlier than the eyes of the world – pleased with its previous, nice in its current like by no means earlier than, and assured in its future as a folks within the van of human progress.

At this solemn hour, there isn’t a single Bulgarian whose coronary heart is just not overflowing with a sense of deep filial respect and gratitude for our ancestors. They, who lived earlier than us at this stormy crossroads of peoples and civilizations, constructed up and defended the Bulgarian state with sword and thoughts, via labour and bloodshed. They created distinctive materials and religious values. They cultivated virtues and established traditions with out which it will be unattainable to clarify the miracle of Bulgaria’s resurrection after 5 centuries of overseas domination; or the miracle of the start, strengthening and triumph of a strong communist motion in a rustic that was predominantly agrarian; or the miracle of the years after September 9, 1944, through which socialist Bulgaria has traversed a path equal to centuries.

The current is inseparable from the previous. The longer term is inseparable from the previous and the current.

Within the yr of the thirteenth centennial of Mom Bulgaria we, her kids of in the present day, unfold the unforgettable pages of historical past, to be able to probe extra deeply into our nation’s future and see the long run extra clearly; to uplift our hearts and arm our minds with the aspirations, virtues and traditions which lent energy to our predecessors, which lend energy to us in the present day, and can lend it to our kids and grandchildren of their ahead march.

That are the options and traditions that characterize our folks?