Several thousand people gathered this year for the Immortal Regiment march in Toronto on May 6, a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent reports.
Thousands of people took part in the Immortal Regiment march in the city of Toronto, Canada, on the eve of Victory Day on May 9, a celebration of Soviet Union’s great victory over Nazi Germany. Last year, three marches took place in different parts of the city. This year, the procession was divided into two columns – northern and southern. The southern column passed through the city’s downtown area. The northern column began its march in the northern part of the city, where most members of the Russian-speaking community of Toronto live.
According to the organizers, the action gathered a total of more than 6 thousand people. When both processions ended, some of their participants came to Earl Bales Park, located in the North York area of Toronto. The veterans parade took place there, an army field kitchen was set up, and Soviet songs of the war years were heard. A big holiday concert with participation of various performing groups took place after flowers were laid and veterans were congratulated in the park. There, the organizers held a number of events such as tasting of “soldier’s porridge”, singing by the fire, various contests, and dance performances. A total of more than a thousand people took part in the celebration at the park.
Excited organizers and participants of the Immortal Regiment march thoroughly prepared for this procession. This is what one of the last year’s participants wrote on the Immortal Regiment Toronto Facebook page a few days before the action took place: “I proudly recall how the Immortal Regiment marches were held in 2015, 2016, and, lastly, 2017! The very first Immortal Regiment in Toronto was the most emotional: we experienced an inexplicable sense of joy, when hundreds of people responded to their hearts’ demand and participated in this march. Every year, more and more residents of greater Toronto area joined our regiment: in 2017 it drew more people than any other such march outside of Russia!”
“Immortal glory to an immortal feat! Immortal Regiment is our duty to our fathers and grandfathers! This is our victory over the hypocrisy of the coming century, shameless permissiveness, and depraved consciousness! Thank you for your work, guys! “- wrote another participant of the Immortal Regiment march addressing the organizers.
“Victory Day is unthinkable now without the Immortal Regiment, which is a massive popular movement!”, wrote the organizers of the march in Toronto.
Celebrations will continue on May 8 and 9. On May 8, veterans will be honored in downtown Toronto. And on May 9, a gala dinner and a concert are prepared for veterans.
Immortal Regiment was held in Toronto for the first time in 2015.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency