May 9, Russia celebrates one of the biggest holidays, Victory Day (rus: День Победы, Den Pobedy). On 9 May 1945 the German military surrendered to the USSR in Berlin. It became the end of the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War) for the USSR. After four years of fighting USSR lost about 25 (according to different estimates) million citizens.
Military parades are held annually throughout the country to celebrate this day. The biggest parade is in Moscow’s Red Square. Special parties, performances and concerts are organized for veterans as well. As a sign of respect and remembrance people give red carnations to veterans in the street and wear black-and-yellow St. George ribbon on their clothes.
According to Russia Today “a total of 69 warplanes and helicopters, 149 military vehicles and over 11,000 troops will feature in Moscow’s Red Square parade on 9 May 2014”.
“Sixty-nine planes and helicopters from the Russian Air Force will fly over Red Square on May 9. The number symbolizes the 69th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. A total of 17 aviation groups will be employed during the parade,” Russian Air Force spokesman Col. Igor Klimov told RIA-Novosti.
Remember, that on the 9 May most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to parade and street concerts.