Representatives of the Russian associations of Canada announced the “Immortal Regiment” march to be held on May 6-7 in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, TASS Russian news agency reported on April 24.
A total of three events are planned for May 6th at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Moscow time, and May 7th at 4:00 p.m. Moscow time.
The first event is planned to be held in downtown Toronto. Participants will march through the streets where there are military monuments, while Canada’s churches will serve a memorial service for those killed during WWII. Organizers are expecting anywhere from two to five thousand people to take part.
The second event will take place in Toronto’s northern district of North York, where five thousand participants are expected. The third and the final event will be held at the same place. At the conclusion of the event, all the participants of the “Immortal Regiment” march will join a parade of WWII veterans from the former Soviet Union.
The events will be attended by such civic organizations as the Russian Canada group; the Russian World of Canada, a Russian-speaking community; the Association of Soviet WWII Veterans, and others. Also, the organizers invited representatives of the Serbian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Jewish, Indian, Italian, Slovak, Greek communities of Toronto to take part.
The “Immortal Regiment” march is an event, which originated in Russia, and is now held worldwide. Its participants carry banners with photos of relatives who fought and died during the Great Patriotic War* (known as WWII in the West) against fascism.
* Great Patriotic War is the name used to refer to the part of World War II which started with the invasion of Nazis into the Soviet Union and ended with the Red Banner over Reichstag and defeat of Nazis from the hands of the Soviet people – Editor.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency