Victory Day is the most unifying holiday in Russia, because there is hardly a family in the entire country that was not personally touched by the tragedy of the Second World War. The day is filled with joy, gratitude and celebration of veterans — of all wars, but especially The Greatest Generation. There are parades, air shows, fireworks, concerts, singing and dancing in public squares. It is a sea of flags and medals and flowers, as it is customary to present the warriors with red carnations. Yet a sense sadness belies the celebration: that with every year there is less of that generation with us, that their sacrifices and their lessons will be swallowed up by the fog of history.
Here’s to never forgetting.
Air Force parade and air show on the way to the Red Square
Veterans gather at the memorial parks throughout Moscow.
Cossack singing, people dancing, everybody cheering.
Huge crowd gathers for the concert and fireworks at Poklonnaya Gora (Bow-Down Hill) war memorial in the highest spot in Moscow.