2005 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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Officials and dignitaries lay flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier

The 2005 Moscow Victory Day Parade was a military parade which took place in Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2005 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945.[1] The parade was inspected by the Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Ivanov and it was commanded by Moscow Military District Commander Ivan Efremov.

Music was performed by the Massed Bands of the Moscow Garrison directed by Colonel Valery Khalilov on his 3rd national parade, the first to include 4 international marching bands.

After the inspection of the troops, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin gave his 6th holiday address to the nation.

Among the International Heads of state attending were President of the United States George W. Bush, Japanese Prime Minister Junichirō Koizumi, and President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov.

This was the last time veterans took part directly as participants. This time through, reenacting the motorized infantry of the original 1945 parade mobile column, many veterans of the fronts rode in the very trucks which carried infantry to the front lines of the war, arranged accordingly by the fronts they took part at war's end.

Important dignitaries in attendance[edit]



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  4. ^ a b Parfitt, Tom (2015-03-23). "Leaders' snub of Moscow victory parade 'insult to soldiers', says Russia". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/06/AR2005050601217.html

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