YEREVAN, May 8 /TASS/. The first Immortal Regiment march devoted to the 71st anniversary of the Soviet people’s Victory in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) will take place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, on Victory Day on May 9, the public action’s organizers said. They include the Communist Party of Armenia, the Association of the republic’s war veterans, the Russian-Armenian Youth Unity public organization; the international center of Russian culture "Garmoniya" (Harmony) and the Union of Soviet Officers of Armenia.
"The march’s aim is to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes; accentuate the idea of succession of generations and show respect for the veterans of the Great Patriotic War," the organizers said in a statement, which they sent to the TASS correspondent in Yerevan. The participants of the Immortal Regiment march will carry the photos of their grandfathers and great grandfathers as though they are going to come to life again on this bright and great Victory Day.
The Immortal Regiment march will move from the Saryan Square along the Mesrop Mashtots Avenue to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts - Matenadaran from where the marchers will take a car ride to the Pobeda Park where the grave of an unknown soldier is located and the eternal flame burns. Thousands of people bring flowers and wreaths here on May 9.
The participants in the Immortal Regiment action will carry a copy of the Banner of Victory for the first time since Armenia got independent in the early 1990s.
The Immortal Regiment is a public march during which people carry the photos of their relatives who took part in the Great Patriotic War. The history of the Immortal Regiment action dates back to 2007 when a parade of victors took place in the Siberian city of Tyumen.
The Immortal Regiment name appeared five years later in Tomsk, a city in Western Siberia, in 2012. In 2013, the action spread to 120 cities. A year later, the residents of 500 cities in seven countries carried the portraits and photos of their relatives who fought at the front through the streets of their cities on May 9. The Immortal Regiment march officially became an all-Russian public action in 2015.