75th Victory Day Parade of World War II: All you need to know about

75th Victory Day Parade of World War II: All you need to know about

♦Rajnath Singh paid a three-day Visit from 23- 25 June 2020 to Russia to attend 75th Victory Day Parade of World War II

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid a three-day visit to Russia from June 23- 25, 2020 to attend the 75th Anniversary of Victory Day Parade to commemorate the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. He was invited by the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu. China’s Defence Minister and troops will also be present. India also sent a 75- member tri-services contingent to participate in the Victory Day Parade. This is the 1st instance of a joint services marching contingent going from India to Red Square.

Note: The marching contingent taking part in the Victory Day Parade is led by a major rank officer of the gallant SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY Regiment.

♦What is Victory Day Parade?

  • The Moscow Victory Day Parade is a military parade of the Russian Armed Forces on Moscow’s iconic Red Square organized annually on 9 May during the Victory Day celebrations to commemorate the victory of the Soviet people in World War II.

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♦Why and when this Victory Day is celebrated?

  • Victory Day is the day of the end of World War II (the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945) and the victory of the Soviet Allied Forces in 1945.
  • On April 30, Adolf Hitler had shot himself. After that, German troops surrendered on May 7. The surrender of the German troops was formally accepted the next day and came into effect on May 9. That is why the Victory Day is celebrated on 9 May. The Victory Day Parade is organized to honour the sacrifices made by the Russian people.
  • This year, it was originally scheduled on May 9, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrated on 24 June instead.

♦Who participates in this Victory Day parade?

  • The President of Russia is the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the Moscow Victory Day Parade as he is the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces.
    Military contingents of Russian Armed Forces and other countries participate in the Victory Parade. Military troops and several military machines took part in the parade.

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