SYDNEY, May 5. /TASS/. About 200 people took part in the Immortal Regiment march in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. The participants gathered in the city center and marched along the Yarra River and then had a picnic in Batman Park.
The Immortal Regiment march has been held in Australia for several years, but it is the first time it takes place in Melbourne. "We’ve been preparing for it rather long, in particular suggested the future participants sending us photos of their relatives who fought on the Great Patriotic War lines," one of the march organizers, Ekaterina Eddy, told TASS over the phone. "We created the design ourselves and then used the services of a friendly company to print the portraits. And most march participants carried such portraits."
Responding to the question about the reaction of other Melbourne residents to the march, Ekaterina said, "The attitude was very good. Some of passersby were surprised and asked what was going on. And we gave specially prepared leaflets with information about our holiday."
Immortal Regiment is a movement where descendants of veterans and victims of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) march together carrying portraits of their family members who participated in that war. It is dedicated to Victory Day and is held in Russia and other countries. The first Immortal Regiment march took place in 2007 in Tyumen and was called "Victors’ Parade." In the next days, Immortal Regiment will be held in other Australian cities, including Sydney and Brisbane.