Victory Day: Russia Insider Reports From Moscow
Our report from Moscow
71 years have passed since the Red Army and the Soviet people defeated Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. On this day, Russians mourn and say thank you to all those who served to defend our country – and the rest of the world – from fascism. In Moscow, Victory Day begins with a military parade in honor of the fallen heroes and war veterans.
After the military parade, Russian families march down on the main streets of Moscow and congregate at Red Square, holding portraits of their relatives who fought in the war. This march is called the "Immortal regiment" - a public event, which takes place not only in Russia but also in many other countries that fought the Axis powers during World War II. In Moscow, more than 700 thousand people participated in the Immortal regiment march. The event was even attended by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who carried a photograph of his father.
Throughout the day, Russians attend events, exhibitions and concerts. In the evening, the Moscow skyline lit by fireworks.
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