For the third year in a row, relatives of World War II veterans joined “Immortal Regiment” processions in the U.S., marching through cities while holding images of their ancestors. The American event was organized by the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots of the U.S. (KSORS).
On May 6 and 7, representatives of the Immortal Regiment came together in a total of 18 U.S. cities. Up to 5,000 people participated in these events.
New York: Over 2,000 people, descendants of Soviet and American soldiers who fought in different detachments around the world against the Axis powers in WWII, took part in the Immortal Regiment march in the biggest U.S. city. People marched along the Hudson embankment before arriving at the WWII memorial in Battery Park, where hundreds of white balloons decorated with pictures of cranes – symbols of fallen soldiers – were released.
In Washington DC, the downtown area was closed for the Immortal regiment’s march. The procession started at the White House and ended at the WWII memorial on the National Mall park. About 450 people turned up.
In Seattle, the event attracted nearly 500 people. WWII era cars drove people around the city. Lincoln Park also hosted a picnic in honor of Victory Day.
In Chicago, the Immortal Regiment brought together nearly 500 representatives from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, and America. They marched about a mile from the dock on Lake Opeka to the Lake Park Memorial, where a concert was held.
Around 200 people marched through the center of Philadelphia. The march was attended by veterans, and ended with a moment of silence and a concert.
The hot weather did not hinder the 500 people strong gathering in San Francisco, who walked in unison along Geary Boulevard.
In Denver, Colorado, 150 or so people gathered for the event.
Photo – LIZA ZVEREVA
For the first time the Immortal Regiment was held in Boston, attracting about 100 people. People recited poems and sang old war songs.
Marches were also held in Vancouver (Washington), Miami, Little Rock (Arkansas), St. Petersburg and Tallahassee (both in Florida).