Thousands gathered on Red Square on Saturday to remember how Muscovites saw soldiers off to World War II battlefields in a re-enactment of a historic parade that took place 74 years ago on November 7, 1941.
The event evoked emotions too deep to express among many of the Russian WW II veterans who gathered on the Kremlin’s main square for the re-enactment.
Nearly half of the 46 living participants of the legendary 1941 march – 21 of them – attended Saturday’s event.
On November 7, 1941, troops that had arrived from Siberia marched through central Moscow before heading straight to the battlefield to fight the Nazi army besieging the capital.
About 20,000 veterans of WWII battles and at least 100,000 home front workers currently reside in Moscow, according to Vladimir Dolgikh, the head of Moscow’s Council of Veterans, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Saturday also marked the 98th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which took place on 25 October, 1917 according to the Julian or Old Style calendar, but corresponds to 7 November in the Gregorian or New Style calendar.