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Victory Day 2012

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Greg Collins

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In about 20 minutes it will be May 9th in Moscow and Victory Day will be underway. The annual parade should step-off at 1000. A change from last year's attempt at the utility uniform will be the return to the dress uniform (why they changed that last year I will never know). Hopefully the parade, in it's entirety, will be broadcast (perhaps by RT) and, again hopefully, someone will make a dvd of it that will be available for purchase by those of us who live in the more remote areas (hint).

Aside from the pagentry and splendor associated with the military parade, it will be a time to remember ALL those- the allied nations military forces, the partisans, the civilains whose villages and towns were set upon and who chose to fight back, and yes, those who were selected for "special treatment" because they were, for one reason or another, deemed unfit for the "one thousand year reich"- who sacrificed so much and, often enough, all to bring about the defeat of Hilter and his allies. I had many family members fight in that war; one did not return (Battle of the Bulge- Douglas Kirby, 3rd Armoured Division "Spearhead") and many of you have similar stories- some of you, I dare say, were there... to those who were, thank you so very, very much. I will never forget, nor will I let those around me forget, the magnificent thing you did for all of us.

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This is the first year in almost 16 that I haven't been with a few Russian colleagues - and WW2 vets - to share a few toasts on Victory Day. It's difficult to understand the impact that war had on Russia until you spend some time and a few vodkas with those veterans on a day like today.

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This is the first year in almost 16 that I haven't been with a few Russian colleagues - and WW2 vets - to share a few toasts on Victory Day. It's difficult to understand the impact that war had on Russia until you spend some time and a few vodkas with those veterans on a day like today.

It had the impact on future generations as well.

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