NEW YORK, May 8. /TASS/. Over 500 people, descendants of Soviet and American soldiers who fought in different detachments around the world against the Nazis in World War II, have taken part in the "Immortal Regiment" march in New York.
Singing war-time Soviet songs and carrying photographs of their grandparents and great-grandparents, the participants marched along the embankment of the Hudson River and Battery Park to the memorial dedicated to soldiers killed in WWII. Russian and American veterans joined the procession there. They sang anthems of Russia and the United States and released into the sky hundreds of white balloons decorated with pictures of cranes - the symbols of killed soldiers.
The "Immortal Regiment" march was held for the first time in 2012 in Siberia’s Tomsk. In 2013 some Russian, Kazakh and Ukrainian cities joined the campaign.
On May 9, 2015 when the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany was celebrated the "Immortal Regiment" marched through the streets of 500 cities across the world with some 12 million people carrying photographs of their ancestors who fought in World War II.
Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the march in Moscow with a portrait of his father.