♦ A military parade was held on the Red Square located in Moscow. Since 1995, a parade will be held on May 9th every year. The parade is called the Moscow Victory Day Parade.
♦ After the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Victory Day parade became an annual event. Since 1990, Red Square has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
♦ In 1945, the Soviet army held a military parade on Red Square after defeating the Nazi army. This is the longest and largest military parade held on Red Square. Above 40,000 soldiers and 1,850 military vehicles participated in the parade.
♦ The parade took place on June 24, 1945. It was held a month after the German surrendered to the Soviet commander. The German forces surrendered on May 9, 1945.
♦ On May 7, 1945, the German Chief of Staff Alfred Jodi (Alfred Jodi) signed the “German Surrender Letter” in Reims. On May 9, 1945, another letter of surrender was signed on the outskirts of Berlin. Both surrender documents stipulated that the German army would cease active service.
♦ When the second surrender was signed, it was a late-night in Germany. It was in the Soviet Union the next morning. Therefore, Russia celebrates Moscow’s Victory Day on May 9, while East Germany celebrates it as Liberation Day on May 8.