Victory Day: May 9

Victory Day is celebrated in Russia to mark the surrender of Germans in the second world war.

Moscow Victory Day Parade

On May 9, 2021, Russia marked the 76th anniversary of victory in World War II. A military parade was held at the Red Square of Moscow. This parade is being held every year on May 9 since 1995. The parade is called “Moscow Victory Day Parade”.

The Victory Day Parade became an annual event only after the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991.

Red Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.

Moscow Victory Day Parade

In 1945, the Soviet Armed Forces held a military parade in Red Square after defeating the Nazi Army. This was the longest and largest military parade held in Red Square. More than 40,000 soldiers and 1,850 military vehicles participated in the parade.

The parade was held in June 24, 1945. It was held a month after the Germans surrendered to the Soviet Commanders. The Germans surrendered on May 9, 1945.

German Instrument of Surrender

The German Instrument of Surrender was signed in Reims on May 7, 1945 by the Chief of Staff of the Germans, Alfred Jodi. Another Instrument of Surrender was signed in May 9, 1945 in the outskirts of Berlin. Both the instrument of surrender stipulated that the German forces will cease active operations.

While the second Instrument of Surrender was signed, it was late night in Germany. It was the next morning in Soviet Union. Thus, Russia celebrates Moscow Victory Day on May 9th and East Germany observed it on May 8th as the Liberation Day.

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