60th Victory Parade anniversary celebrated in Moscow


MOSCOW, June 24 (RIA Novosti) - A parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the parade in 1945 to mark the end of World War II was held on Red Square in Moscow today.

About 900 WWII veterans who took part in both the event 60 years ago, as well as those were in the parade in 1941 before soldiers went to the front, marched across Red Square. They carried posters glorifying the victorious nation, and were accompanied by schoolchildren with flowers.

Columns of enthusiasts from youth public associations, military patriotic clubs of Moscow, as well as students and cadets followed the veterans.

The Moscow military district combined orchestra and the Guard of Honor company of the Presidential Regiment took part in the event.

About 3,500 people marched across Red Square. Over 5,000 people, including 1,000 veterans with grandchildren from Russian, CIS and Baltic regions, who had been invited by the Moscow City Hall, watched the parade.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov led a delegation to meet the parade's participants near the Lenin Mausoleum.

The Victory Parade was held on Red Square on June 24, 1945 on the order of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Josef Stalin. Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky commanded the Parade, and celebrated military leader Georgy Zhukov took it.

In all, 67 military units representing 10 fronts of the Soviet Army participated in the 1945 parade. The total strength of the marching parade crews was about 40,000 personnel and more than 1,850 units of armaments and military hardware. The parade opened at 10 a.m. and lasted more than two 2 hours. After the Victory Parade, more than 200 banners and standards of the Nazi army were thrown at the foot of the Lenin Mausoleum.

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