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Ceremonial march to mark 75th anniversary of legendary 1941 parade to be held in Moscow

November 07, 2016, 3:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The ceremony will be attended by WWII veterans who took part in the legendary parade in 1941, the 1945 Victory Parade, representatives of veterans’ and youth organizations and municipal authorities
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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. More than 5,000 people will march along Red Square on Monday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic military parade held in Moscow on November 7, 1941.

The official events will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dedicated to Soviet soldiers who perished during World War II. It is located at the Kremlin Wall in the Alexander Garden. The ceremony will be attended by WWII veterans who took part in the legendary parade in 1941, the 1945 Victory Parade, representatives of veterans’ and youth organizations and municipal authorities.

The parade will begin at 10:00 Moscow Time. "Military servicemen will present the historical part of the march. They will pass through Red Square clad in replica 1941 military uniforms," a source in the City Hall said. Spectators will also see the reconstruction of war scenes, which will be accompanied by war-time songs, among them Katyusha, The Holy War and Victory Day. Reconstruction of the 1941 parade will be held for the 14th time.

Taking part in the historic parade were 28,500 soldiers and militia fighters. Many of them went to the frontline to defend Moscow from the advancing Nazis straight from Red Square.

The weather in Moscow will too help recreate the atmosphere of 1941 with historical accuracy. Shortly before the parade, head of the Soviet Hydrometeorological Service reported to the Supreme Commander that heavy snow was expected in the coming hours, which made Nazi bombing raids impossible, and the parade was held in the heart of Moscow as planned.

The weather in Moscow will be the same on Monday. Weather forecasts promise heavy snowfall with wind gusts of up to 17 meters per second, blizzard and icy road conditions.

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