Yesterday I had the honor of being a part of the 3 million-large Immortal Regiment that marched across Russia. Relatives and friends of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War carried their portraits through more than a dozen Russian cities. Around 400,000 people are estimated to have walked as part of the Immortal Regiment in Moscow alone – though judging by the size of the crowd, the length of the path and the duration of the walk, I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual number was even greater. All four of my grandparents lived through The War, three served in it, two survived the Leningrad Blockade. My sister and I alternated carrying the photo of our grandfather, Vasiliy Mordvinov, an artillery officer.
Eternal glory, Eternal honor, Eternal memory to all who fought this battle. May they live on forever though our remembrance.
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