Victory Day: May 9th

An invitation to join the Communist Party!

Victory Day here in Russia is the most important State holiday of the year. It marks the day the Nazis capitulated in Berlin. May 9th, 1945. It marks the end of a war of horrors between Communist and Fascist armies who unleashed absolute mayhem on one another. The amassed body count for the Soviet and Third Reich armies is a staggering 35 million dead. Today, if you simply swept the populations of London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago off the face of the earth, you would roughly equal the loss of life between Russia and Germany during WWII. Russia alone

Drum Corp girls whiter than snow!

lost between twenty-seven and twenty-nine million people. This is what Russians remember on Victory Day, the price.  Please stop for a moment and consider the loss of twenty-seven million lives. – -­ – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – .

One red flower in the crowd.

Victory Day is also a celebration of life. For, of course, it is the living who celebrate victory. While in the crowd gathered on Soviet Square, the main square in Ulan-Ude, we saw some performers dressed in Buryat National

Dress. They graciously agreed to be photographed, and as it turned out one of the performers was the emcee at our wedding banquet six years ago! She remembered us immediately and introduced us to everyone. When the Buryat people find out you have married a Buryat, boy do they light right up!

Suddenly, they rushed off through the crowds to sing and dance for the veterans on the square. Together we relished life among the living in a country who knows loss.

Buryat Singers looking fine.

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