"Immortal Regiment" [© Presidential Press and Information Office]
Events dedicated to the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldier-liberators who saved the world from Nazism during the 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) were held in many countries on May 9, mass media reported.
The capital of China, Beijing, hosted the procession of the “Immortal Regiment”. Participants and guests received St. George ribbons. The procession of the column of the “Immortal Regiment” passed through the “Chaoyang” central park to the “Soviet Falcon” sculpture, dedicated to Soviet pilots. Participants of the event paid tribute to the memory of the dead with a Minute of Silence and laying flowers at the monument. The ambassador of Russia in China, Andrey Denisov, took part in the event. After the procession of the “Immortal Regiment”, the events dedicated to the 9th of May continued in the “Jintai” Art Gallery, where a gala concert was held and a photo exhibition dedicated to the Great Patriotic War was organized. More than 100 people took part in the events.
The “Immortal Regiment” processions also took place in the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Dalian, Harbin, and Wuhan.
A parade dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was held in the French city of Perpignan. The parade included people in Soviet military uniforms who drove through the streets of the city in jeeps. They exchanged “Hurrah, comrades!” exclamations with city residents. Soviet flags flew during the parade.
About 200 people came to the “Immortal Regiment” procession in the Australian city of Waverly (an eastern Sydney district). In the city is the only monument in Australia to fallen Soviet soldiers. Russian and Belarusian diplomats, as well as the head of the city council of Waverly, Sally Betts, also took part in the celebrations. During the procession, the latter said that the Soviet Union and other countries of the anti-fascist coalition paid a huge price for this Victory. She noted that after the war, many veterans moved to Australia, and this holiday is especially important for our city, where the largest Russian-speaking community of New South Wales. The ambassador of Russia stressed that attempts are being made across the world to rewrite history. According to him, it is necessary to preserve the historical memory of the Great Patriotic War.
The “Immortal Regiment” event, as well as the laying of flowers, took place in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Russian ambassador Alexander Matsegora and military attaché Alexey Bartusov, the ministers of defense and foreign affairs of the DPRK, as well as the ambassadors of Great Britain, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Mongolia, a number of other countries, military attaches of China, Vietnam, Cuba, Iran and Egypt took part in the festive events in memory of the Soviet soldiers who died for the freedom of the Korean people.
May 8 in the city of Kirkenes in the north of Norway also held processions in memory of Soviet soldier-liberators. The “Immortal Regiment” passed through the streets of the city. Representatives of the Russian Consulate General in Kirkenes, as well as the Minister for Community Affairs and Modernization of Norway, Jan Toure Sanner laid wreaths at the monument to Soviet soldiers who fell for the liberation of Norway from the Nazi invaders. Also, the participants of the events paid tribute to the memory of the Norwegian partisans. In Oslo, the capital of the country, an event to honor the memory of Soviet soldiers took place at the Western cemetery, after which the “Immortal Regiment” marched through the city center.
Also on May 9, the “Immortal Regiment” event took place for the first time in the city of Pattaya in Thailand.
“Immortal Regiment” processions were also held in Russia, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Belarus, Transnistria, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Serbia, Poland, Finland, Greece, Germany, the UK, Israel, and the USA. As usual, the Ukrainian authorities managed to spoil the celebration of the Victory Day. Of note, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine called the “Immortal Regiment” processions held in Ukraine a provocation arranged by people from Moscow.
The “Immortal Regiment” event emphasizes the connection between the dead, who brought their lives on the altar of victory over fascism, and the living, their descendants. They are together again today. In Moscow, the event began at 3 PM.
May 9 is celebrated the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War. On the night of May 8 to 9, the final act of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany was signed. In Moscow, at the time of the signing of the Act, it was already May 9. The unconditional surrender of Germany was accepted by the Soviet Marshal Georgiy Zhukov and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, Marshal Tedder.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency