Victory Day Celebrations in Luhansk

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Hello Everyone!
This past weekend has been quite a weekend celebrating the Victory Day,/May 9 holiday.   Victory Day is very much like out November 11 Veterans' Day with parades, 10Km runs, concerts, old cars on display, speeches, and fireworks.    Victory Day celebrates the end of the "Great Patriotic War".  OR  WW II as we know it.  Enjoy the photos. And if the music video plays, enjoy that too!  


Concert on Friday, May 6.  Costumes represent the uniforms worn in the Great Patriotic War.  


Legends Song and Dance Group celebrating the Victory at the End of the Great Patriotic War
Legends Song and Dance Group celebrating the Victory at the End of the Great Patriotic War
Legends Song and Dance Group celebrating the Victory at the End of the Great Patriotic War

Legends Song and Dance Group celebrating the Victory at the End of the Great Patriotic War
Legends Song and Dance Group celebrating the Victory at the End of the Great Patriotic War
Saturday morning, May 7 - A 10km run- took place in front of may apartment.
10 Km route... looking to my apartment building
Start line - one block from home
Participants

Participants - even the dog had a number!
Looking back up at the route... not too many people entered the race!
Monday, May 9 Victory Day Parade and festivities
Our main street - decorated for Victory Day celebrations

Young militia recruits - waiting for the start
One of the food areas - set up in one of the main town parks
Young students on the parade route -- all holding flowers to give to Veterans as they march by

The start of the parade

First group of Veterans

Veterans receiving flowers.  Also the city gave the parade organizers permission
to fly the Red Communist party flag - on this day only.


Color Guard at the Victory Day (WWII) monument
Veteran and his wife- they asked me to take their photo

More Veterans

Another Veteran- statue in the background is the poet, Shevchenko
Students wearing replicas of the 1945 era school uniform and holding lilacs to give to the veterans
Balloons-- Necessary for a parade
 AND what's a parade without getting dressed up!


 I LOVE THE HAIR SCRUNCHIES THE LITTLE GIRLS WEAR!
 AND-- CHECK OUT THE FOOTWEAR FOR A PARADE!




AND HOW ABOUT A "ХОТ ДОГ"- HOT DOG IN RUSSIAN!
Hot dog complete with mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise
And then... Sunday afternoon- on to the "Concours" of Older Cars on the square.  Most of the cars are ГАЗ Models from 1949 to 1962.






I LOVE THE VINYL FLOORING  IN/ON THIS CAR

CHILDREN CLIMB ON TANKS... EVERYWHERE!

ГАЗ HOOD ORNAMENT

PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP

A FEW OLDER MOTORCYCLES WERE IN THE "CONCOURS"



1949 ИЖ

1945 MOSKVA

I LIKE THE PICNIC IN THE BAG ON THIS MOTORCYCLE

A SCOOTER IS A SCOOTER
While the uniforms and the language are different, honoring our veterans is worldwide and an excellent custom.  

Enjoy May!

Cheers,
Caroline

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