Today Russia celebrates 62nd anniversary of their victory in the Great Patriotic War. Anyone who has spent some time in Moscow around this holiday knows that it is a very big deal, irregardless of the recent diplomatic imbroglios surrounding Soviet war memorials. Here are some assorted photos from the festivities.
Soldiers march during a World War Two victory parade in Red Square in Moscow May 9, 2007. Russia celebrated on Wednesday the 62nd anniversary of the World War Two victory over Nazi Germany. (RUSSIA) REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
World War II veterans sing celebrating Victory Day in Gorky Park in Moscow, Wednesday, May 9, 2007. Victory Day, one of the most important holidays in Russia, commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany. For many Russians, the victory stands out as the most glorious feat of the nation’s troubled past. (AP Photo)
Crew members of the U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyer, John S. McCain, carry U.S. and Russian national flags as they march during World War Two victory celebrations in the far-eastern city of Vladivostok May 9, 2007. Russia celebrated on Wednesday the 62nd anniversary of the World War Two victory over Nazi Germany. Crew members of the U.S. destroyer John S McCain celebrated together with Russian sailors, the Interfax news agency reported. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev (RUSSIA)