On this place on 6 February 1878 the residents of Burgas met the “Flying Squad” of Colonel Lermontov (1838-1906) with “bread and salt”. They were the ones who brought the Liberation to the Burgas area. Colonel Lermontov was handed the symbolic key of the city by the first mayor Niko Popov.
In front of the monument there are annual celebrations on the National Holiday of Bulgaria – 3 March. This memorial is one of the most important ones to the Burgas citizens and wreaths are laid on different occasions honouring the memory of those Russian liberators who perished for our freedom.