Members of The Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow
Today, the 75th anniversary of victory over fascism in the Second World War was marked with a magnificent Victory Day Parade held on the Moscow Red Square.
Besides Russian President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the highest dignitaries at the Parade included President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik.
The parade formation included members of the Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces. Under the flag of the Republic of Serbia, led by Commander of the Guard Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Dragan Jakovljević, they paid homage in front of the entire world to heroic ancestors who had woven their lives into freedom in which we live today. The parade formation consisted of 75 Serbian members of the Guard, symbolising the same number of years since the triumph over fascism in the Second World War.
At the beginning of this year’s parade, the review of the troops was carried out by Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergey Shoygu who then gave report to Russian President and Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin.
President Putin stated that today’s parade was held in honour of “exceptional generation of victors who determined the outcome of the Second World War”.
- We will never forget the contribution of our allies in achieving the victory. We appreciate brave warriors of armed forces of all the states of the anti-Hitler coalition and all the fighters against Nazism who bravely fought in the countries of Europe – underlined the President of the Russian Federation.
According to President Putin, it is necessary to create an overall system of security required by the modern world that is changing quickly and he added that it was only together that we could protect the world against new dangerous threats.
Greeting veterans of the Second World War, who live in different countries, he highlighted that they were tied by a unique grand feat of rescuing the entire world from demise, barbarism and destruction.
- It is a feat of the entire humanity. Our gratitude to the veterans is immeasurable. With your lives and fate you have proven how important it is to know to defend the values of the world, humanism and justice. We will do everything in our power to preserve the memory of your heroic feats from ever fading away. This is dictated by our conscience and responsibility both to the present and future. Glory be to the generation that conquered Nazism! Glory be to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War – exclaimed President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
The steps of the victors were made on the Red Square by 13,008 soldiers from infantry echelons of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and other 13 countries, including the echelon of the Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces.
Also, 216 materiel units marched-past across the Red Square and 75 planes and helicopters.
After the end of march-past on the Red Square, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić laid flowers at the Monument to Unknown Hero.
President Vučić laid flowers with President of Russia Vladimir Putin and other heads of delegations at the monument in the Alexander Garden.
The Victory Day Parade is traditionally held on the Day of Victory over fascism – 9th May, but because of the pandemic in the country caused by spreading of corona virus, Russian President Putin passed decision that this year’s parade should be held on 24th June. The date was chosen symbolically, since on that day 75 years ago, the first military parade was held in honour of the victory won, which was led by Marshals Georgy Zhukov and Konstany Rokossowski.
Significant jubilee for all freedom-loving peoples who opposed fascist terror in the Second World War and who were on the right side of history, was, apart from Moscow, marked in other 27 Russian towns where centres of military regions, fleets and other formations of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are stationed. At the level of the entire country, some 64,000 soldiers participated with more than 2400 units of the Army and Air Force assets and 13 boats.
Besides the Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces, the Victory Day Parade included the units from the armed forces of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, China, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.