Last Saturday was the 64th Victory Day here in Ukraine. Victory Day is the holiday remembering when the Nazi forces surrendered to the Allies in WWII. Because of Russia's role in capturing Berlin, Victory Day is a proud day for them.
We were excited to be a part of the celebration with them this year. We missed their traditional parade of veterans, but were able to experience some of the excitement and fun that evening. We met the Hindmans for dinner, then headed to the main square to see what was going on.
We met Valeriy and another friend Julie at the square and listened to the concert for a little bit. Then we headed into Shevchenko park to walk around. The park is huge and the trees are all very green (such a contrast to what it looks like in the winter!). The park was very crowded with people celebrating the holiday with friends.
After walking in the park, we decided to head home. They had fireworks scheduled for later, but we didn't feel like waiting over an hour to see them from the square. As you can see, we still had a pretty good view from our balcony!
Happy Victory Day... a great memorial because it marked the end of a horrible time in history worldwide, but especially for those in this part of the world. Statistics today say that the Russian federation lost between 23-27 million during WWII. Sixty-four years later, we should still be celebrating the end to such a horrible genocide!