Victory Day or 9 May is a holiday that commemorates the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union at the end of Second World War, known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War. It was first inaugurated in the 16 republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May Moscow Time). The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin. Though the official inauguration occurred in 1945 the holiday became a non-labour day only in 1965 and only in certain Soviet republics.
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How we will celebrate WWII Victory Day in 2018
Remembering the Day
Victory Day holds a particularly special place among the various commemorative days in world history. This day, May 9th, 1945, marks the end of the most atrocious and bloody war in the history of the planet. The war in which the Allied countries lost their best sons and daughters. For the former USSR these numbers are in a range of 27 million. During those dreadful days of the War people of all nationalities and religions selflessly stood shoulder to shoulder in fighting the enemy of Civilization as we know it. It was this union of all Civilized Nations that led to the historic victory over fascism.
In the Now
73 years later, we realize even more how significant the sacrifices the Allied nations were. We bow our heads to commemorate those who gave their lives as well as these who are Missing In Action. They will never be forgotten. We are fortunate today to have a chance to honor the heroes who came back and still live between us. Sadly, time takes its toll and every year we see fewer and fewer WWII veterans who participated in that terrible war. And thus, it is our duty, as the children and grandchildren, to do everything in our power to preserve the memory of the Great Victory that saved our civilization and our freedoms.
No One Is Forgotten. Nothing Is Forgotten.
The organizing committee for the 73 years of the Victory invites everyone to participate in this celebration, to show our gratitude to the veterans and to commemorate those who are no longer with us.
Publicly Supported & Sponsored
All Victory Day celebration events are organized by community activists, funded by public donations and sponsorship from local businesses.