The Victory Day Parade: Connection between generations

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A military parade is an inseparable part of Russia’s Victory Day celebrations. Taking place in the majority of Russian cities, it traditionally involves all kinds of troops and showcases both Soviet-era weapons used in the WWII and contemporary military equipment. In honor of this significant event the "New Generation" team has prepared a video clip dedicated to the history of the Victory and the parade in 2020. 

The parade symbolizes the continuity of the Russian historical memory - the connection between the current generation and the heroic generation of Soviet people who fought the Great Patriotic War. During the celebrations, Russians honor the veterans and millions of children watch the parades on TV, together with their parents and grandparents.

For the first time in many years, this year’s parade is not being held on May 9. Due to the pandemic, it was rescheduled to take place on June 24, a date that also has a profound historical meaning. Exactly 75 years ago, on this date, Moscow held the country’s first ever Victory Day Parade, the famous photos of which marked the outstanding feat of the Great Patriotic War generation. 

This year, the Victory Day Parade will feature the military of 16 states whose ancestors fought the war against Nazism as a part of the Soviet or Allied forces. At the invitation of the President of Russia, the heads of state and/or the ceremonial troops of the former Soviet republics and allied countries of the anti-Hitler coalition - China, Mongolia, India and Serbia - took part in the celebrations. In total, more than 14 thousand militaries and 234 units of military equipment passed through the Red Square.  After all, the Russian army today not only protects the state borders, but also carries out large-scale humanitarian operations within the country and provides assistance to other countries in need, thus, contributing to peace and stability in the world.