The Opposite of “Distancing” & Separation! Touching Personal Parades & Concerts for Russian Vets who can’t leave home!
During May 9 holidays all over the country the military and civilian volunteers organized personal Victory Day parades, concerts and Immortal Regiment marches for those WWII vets who are too old to leave their homes. Here are a few videos!
SAMARA: Parade under the hero’s Windows! The military personally congratulate veteran on Victory Day (this Russian served as a sergeant during WWII)
SEVASTOPOL: Personal parades and concerts at home – for Sevastopol marine vets – “they were preparing for one, but ended up doing 30 parades, and impromptu concerts:
A compilation: some of the best episodes gathered here: a 96-year-old vet, standing, greets his personal parade & Katyusha performance; 97-year-old radio-specialist and his medals; N. Ossetia – personal parade for 102-year-old Valentina Petrova, who served as volunteer nurse during WWII and who greeted Victory Day 1945 in Hungary. She recalls how everyone was rejoicing and hugging each other that day; Novocherkassk, Rostov oblast – personal parade for the vet who took part in the Finnish war, then went through all of the Great Patriotic War and is still alive and kicking! Some amazing stories here! The videos are in Russian, but pretty educational and self-explanatory.
THE VET – very touching, no words needed