Heroes of the Fatherland Day in Russia is a memorable date that is celebrated annually on December 9th. It is established by the Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 22-FZ of February 28, 2007 “On Amending Article 1-1 of the Federal Law “On the Days of Military Glory and Commemorative Dates of Russia”.
I must say that the history of the holiday dates back to the 18th century. This December date is dedicated to the outstanding event of the era of the reign of Empress Catherine II - in 1769 she established the Order of St. George the Victorious. In those years, this order was awarded to soldiers who showed valor, courage and courage in battle.
The Order of St. George had 4 degrees of distinction, of which the first was the highest. It is known that four people became holders of all four degrees, including the great Russian commanders Mikhail Kutuzov and Mikhail Barclay de Tolly. Catherine II honored herself with this award in honor of the establishment of the Order.