Celebrated on the 9th of may in my country the holiday has a very speacial meaning.
Let me take you a bit less than 69 years back...
The Second World War launched by allied German, Italien and Japanese forces with entering of the Nazi troops into Poland on the 1st of September. On the 3d of September Great Britain and France proclaimed war against Germany. In April-June German troops invaded Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and France. On the 22d of June in 1941 without proclaiming war german troops (allied with Hungary, Romania and Finland) stepped on the territory of Soviet Union. The part in my homeland's history that is never to be forgotten.
On the 8th of May, 1945 the peace treaty was signed between France&Great Britaind and Germany, and on the 9th of May it was signed again also with Soviet Union, but it was not the end of the most slaughterous war in the XX century. The allied forces maily led by the USA (after the 8th of August, 1945 including Soviet Union) were still struggling with Japanese troops. And the peace treaty here was signed only on the 2d of September, 1945.
61 countries were involved, 80% of Earth population were pulled in, over 72 mln of people are dead...
I love this very holiday, there are not so many ones that make the country united. Taking into consideration the number of Soviet Union people that died during these horrable years (from different statics from 23 up to 42 mln) and my grandma stories and there is no such a family that the war went by, I do always have tearful eyes when I see that there are no so many veterans alive any longer.
I'm posting it tonight as this very evening I'm getting off to my summer residence, where I am about to plunge into gardening and watch the parade (with technics this year!) and wondering whether the jets are going to fly above my roof on their way to the Red Square or not, watching old good movies about the War, weeping a little, mournful and sorrowful keep silent at 7pm to remember what human act of bravery that my countrymen did to make my future possible, how many fathers, sons, husbands were never to see their offsprings' future. I never want their deed to be neglected
happy Victory Day, forumfellows!