Yevpatoriya school was named after the participant of the Great Patriotic War
In Yevpatoria school No. 7, a solemn event was held dedicated to naming the educational institution after the holder of three orders of Glory, Honorary Citizen of Yevpatoria Ivan Meshcheryakov and the opening of a memorial plaque to the famous resident of our city.
The event was attended by Mayor Emmilia Leonova, Hero of Russia, military sniper pilot Yuri Stavitsky, military commissar of Evpatoria, chairman of the Council of Veterans of Evpatoria Alexander Eleseev, teachers, schoolchildren, as well as relatives of a participant in the Great Patriotic War.
As noted at the event, the school joined the project of the All-Russian Popular Front «The name of the Hero to the school», in which educational institutions across the country receive the names of their fellow countrymen. The students carried out research work and came up with a proposal to name the educational institution after Ivan Meshcheryakov, a “machine-gun ace,” as war correspondents once wrote about him. The educational institution became the sixth in the city, honored to bear the name of the hero of the Great Patriotic War.
The honorary right to open the memorial plaque was given to Ivan Meshcheryakov’s daughter Elena Alekseeva and her husband Vladimir Alekseev.
REFERENCE: Ivan Meshcheryakov (1923-2005) was born in the village of Chegelek, Ak-Mechetsky district, Evpatoria district, now the village of Kuznetskoye, Black Sea region. He took part in the defense of the Crimea. In November 1941 he was taken prisoner. In January 1942, thanks to his ingenuity and courage, he managed to escape from the fascist open-air camp «Potato Town», which was then located near Simferopol. The young soldier was able to get unnoticed to his village, where his relatives hid him for more than two years.
In April 1944, after the liberation of the peninsula, Ivan Meshcheryakov returned to the front. With a machine gun «Maxim» Crimean reached Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad). For the heroism shown in battles with the Nazis, he was repeatedly awarded high awards, including the Order of Glory of all three degrees, the Order of the Patriotic War II degree, the medals «For the Capture of Berlin» and «For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945».
Photos and materials: Department of Public Relations and Media of the Administration of Evpatoria.