- May 9 is considered Victory Day in Russia.
- It is a celebration of the surrender of Germany to Soviet Union in 1945.
- It is the end of the Great Patriotic War in the former USSR.
- It marks the Red Army's victory over the Nazi forces in the former Soviet Union.
- It was not until 9 May 1965 which was the 20th anniversary that Victory Day was considered a major holiday.
- An estimated 26.6 million Soviet citizens that includes about 8.7 million armed forces members were killed during World War II.
- Common symbols seen during Victory Day are: 1) St. George ribbon; 2) Red carnations; and 3) Red Star medal.
- Victory Day is different with Victory in Europe Day which is celebrated every May 8.
- A minute of silence is traditionally observed at 19:00 Moscow time to commemorate the Soviet citizens who died in the Great Patriotic War.
- Military parade in Russia became a tradition when it was started in 1995 as part of the celebration of Victory Day.
- Victory Day is also observed in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
- May 9 is also Victory Day in United Kingdom which is an annual ceremonial event since 2007 in London commemorating the so-called Arctic Convoys which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union between August 1941 and May 1945.
|Victory Day aboard HMS Belfast. Wikipedia photo by: Irene Kalashnikova|
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