A well-executed military parade articulates man’s higher ideals. Russia’s annual Victory Day parades are among the best. These are the final years in which we will see the veterans of The Great Patriotic War.
There was an article several years ago about old German and Russian veterans of the Battle of Stalingrad, who walked together on an organized tour of their old battlefield and bonded over their reminiscences. It’s always a sight to see a WWII veteran, of any nationality. The honorable ones, which means most of them, hoped that their contribution helps make a better world for their people. Most were in for a disappointed as the post-war decades unraveled. Those who are still with us can finally see the first rays of sunlight, however black the clouds.
The Eyes-Right tradition in drill & ceremony: when passing by the dignitaries’ stand, the soldiers turn their faces toward those stands, except…
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