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Time and location: May 9, all localities of Russia
To honor the memory of those perished during the Second World War, the Russians hold the Immortal Regiment march. The descendants of the war heroes go to the main streets of their cities with portraits of their ancestors, flags and flowers.
The Second World War left an indelible mark on the history of Russia. It affected every family: millions of men went off to war, and women and children worked in defense plants, suffering unthinkable hardships so that their country and the world would have a future. That is why May 9, the day of Germany's surrender, is celebrated as the main national holiday in Russia.
The Russians organize a memorial Immortal Regiment march in order to honor their ancestors and emphasize the connection with them. It was first held in 2012 in Tomsk, and has since been repeated every year in every locality in Russia. The descendants of war heroes carry portraits of their ancestors as a sign of respect for their heroic act. Veterans of the war with portraits of their front-line comrades also take part in the march. The march is an all-Russian voluntary civil initiative. In 2018, it was attended by 12 million people.
The Immortal Regiment is held abroad: citizens of more than 44 countries of the world take part in it. It is rightfully considered part of the Victory Parade, the heir to the very parade, when Soviet troops marched across Red Square with captured Nazi banners in 1945.
You can get answers to all questions related to participation in the march on the Immortal Regiment's official website.
The descendants of war heroes carry portraits of their ancestors as a sign of respect for their heroic act. War veterans carrying portraits of their front-line comrades take part in the march