Victory Day – May 9th, 2011 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Veterans outside the Winter Palace.

church of spilled blood in the morning.....

the massive crowds in the streets.....

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

a patriotic hug.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

carnations.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

victory day parade.

Victory Day, May 9th, is a day which commemorates the capitulation between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany after the German Army had invaded St. Petersburg (then known as Leningrad), leading to a fatal 872 day siege, which brought severe famine upon the city and claimed the lives of many.  As I watched the parade today, there was one young woman screaming “Спасибо!” (thank you) at the top of her lungs throughout the entire parade as the veterans made their way down Nevsky Prospekt.  Little children came with balloons and carnations and ran into the street to give them to the veterans as they passed by.  People everywhere were seen wearing the orange and black Ribbon of St. George, which became one of the Soviet symbols of military valor after victory had been achieved.