MOSCOW COMMEMORATES WWII PARADE of NOVEMBER 7, 1941

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MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's capital today commemorated a Red Square army parade of November 7, 1941.

Participants in the unforgettable event opened today's gala in a column. Following them were members of children's and youth patriotic leagues, teams for search of unburied World War II soldiers' remains, and regional public organizations. Military school students also marched ON Red Square.

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and other municipal officers were inspecting the parade. District prefects, city councilors and community activists were among guests of honor.

The parade started with a minute of silence to commemorate those who fell in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, essential part of Allied efforts in World War II.

War veterans and municipal functionaries, led by Mayor Luzhkov, laid wreaths to the Unknown Soldier's tomb and the Marshal Georgy Zhukov monument before the parade.

As the mayor was talking to newsmen, he congratulated Muscovites on the memorable anniversary. "November 7 is also anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution," he added.

"To all of us, this is an unforgettable day of the 1941 Red Square parade, from which Moscow soldiers were dispatched straight to the front. Our nation is invincible, and the parade proved it." 117 participants in the historic event live in Moscow to this day, added Mr. Luzhkov.

Today's parade gathered more than two thousand marchers, said the municipal public relations committee.

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