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.

5 thoughts on “Victory Day – May 9th, 2011 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

  1. I know it is very simple, but I am feeling very homesick today….. the past few days have been very gray and so my pictures are also, but taking the time to share them with you all on my blog helps to lift my spirits somewhat and I am hopeful for the beautiful spring days that lie ahead…..

  2. Its so highly informative things are posted here. These things are the fresh and having good information are posted here, and also am seeking for this kind of information thanks for updated.

  3. Great street photos here. I’ve always wanted to visit Russia, just don’t know when. Thanks for sharing these great info..

  4. […] Today is Victory Day in Russia, a day also celebrated in some of the other post-Soviet states.  One year ago today, I was in Petersburg, surrounded by Russians at the Victory Day afternoon parade.  I took a lot of photos that day and wanted to post some of the ones that were not in my first post one year ago (https://lifeinrussia.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/victory-day-may-9th-2011-st-petersburg-russia/). […]

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