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Incredible Aerial Footage of May 9th Immortal Regiment March in Moscow (Video)

Charting the rivers of marchers, the camera reveals a monumental city that few Westerners imagine

 
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The Soviet Union lost up to 27 million citizens during  World War II, which Russians call the Great Patriotic War and to his day, there is hardly a family that doesn’t remember relatives  killed or wounded, or who lived through wartime hardships.

That’s why V-Day, on May 9th, is a major holiday in Russia. Besides the annual military parade on Red Square, a new tradition was born several years ago in Siberia: Immortal Regiment Marches, in which people come out in the streets carrying portraits of their relatives who fought in the war.

This year, about 700,000 Muscovites - young and old - took to the streets. Throughout Russia millions marched.

This brief clip shows Immortal Regiment marches in Spain, Austria, Lebanon, the US and Canada.  The people bearing portraits of relatives who fell seventy-some years ago are sending a message to their leaders, keenly aware that they are flirting with World War III.


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