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    A World War II veteran and a girl attend festivities at the Victory Monument as Latvia's large Russian minority marks 72 years since the end of World War II and commemorates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in Riga, Latvia

    About 4,500 People Join 'Immortal Regiment' March in Riga - Organizers

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    Around 4,500 people took part in the "Immortal Regiment" commemorative march in the Latvian capital of Riga on Tuesday, organizers of the event said.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — According to organizers, about 3,000 people gathered before the start of the rally and around 1,500 people joined it en route.

    "Therefore, this year more people participated in the event than last year," the organizers told reporters.

    Participants of the march proceeded to the monument to Liberators, carrying images of their ancestors, who participated in World War II.

    The "Immortal Regiment" is a patriotic initiative that commemorates WWII soldiers in marches held across Russia and other countries. The rally took place for the first time in 2012 in Russia's Tomsk and then has spread to other cities and countries across the world.

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