Veterans March: They went off to war much too young.
Today, the 9th of May is the 61st anniversary of the Day of Victory, celebrating victory over the Nazi occupation of
Hundreds of silver-haired veterans marched through the city this morning, the street lined with cheering crowds. It was a scene duplicated in cities spanning the nation’s 11 (or so) time zones: By-standers rushed out into the parade to hand red tulips and lilacs to the marchers. The veterans proudly sported their uniforms encrusted with war medals.
Each of the veterans alive today represents 40 other soldiers who went to the war, according to my number-crunching. The Red Army managed to stop Hitler’s advance across
Victory Day is a sacred holiday, a tearful holiday even decades later. Many attend as families, especially those honoring a grandparent, and haul out special-occasion clothing for the day.
"(Congratulations) with the Holiday!"
Think of the typical Memorial Day celebration in the
Somebody's Beloved Grandpa. Stopping the parade for a quick photo.
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