Victory Day Parade

NATO troops march in Red Square during V-E Day parade.

Friends Mark Mutual Victory

April 2010, Number 01.02

“May 9, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe as Nazism was finally defeated. To commemorate the end of the war, a Victory Day has been celebrated annually since 1945. However, the 2010 edition of the Victory Day parade was not the parade local residents are accustomed to seeing in Moscow’s Red Square.

Nearly 1,000 troops from four NATO countries – France, Great Britain, Poland and the United States – took part in the ceremony to mark the end of the combined effort to end Nazi aggression, marking the first time that countries of the Second World War’s alliance gathered to mark the auspicious occasion. According to an April 2010 poll by Russia’s independent Levada Center, 55% of respondents held a “wholly or partly positive view” about participation by NATO troops in the Victory Day parade, according to a Reuters article on the subject.

In Russia, World War II is known as “The Great Patriotic War” – a phrase that carries great reverence and resonance. The phrase is one of only a handful capitalized in Russian, and it serves as a solemn reminder of the defeat of the Nazi assault on the Eastern Front...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Friends Mark Mutual Victory,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 47.

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