On August 14, 29 years have passed since the beginning of the armed conflict in Abkhazia. On this date, Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia Grigol Giorgadze paid tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes at the Heroes' Memorial together with the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Tea Akhvlediani and high-ranking military officials. They visitors laid wreath on the memorial and held a minute of silence to the memory of the warriors fallen in the territorial integrity of Georgia.
Representatives of the State Service for Veterans Affairs, the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and family members of the victims also attended the honor ceremony.
The armed conflict in Abkhazia began at 7 a.m. on August 14, 1992, when a convoy of Georgian Internal Troops crossed the Zugdidi-Gali administrative border. The first shot was fired in Ochamchire, near the village of Okhurei. This was the beginning of hostilities that lasted until the fall of 1993 in Abkhazia.