“The Immortal Regiment” for the first time will walk down the streets of Anchorage. The procession will unite citizens
15:59 16 апреля 2019
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The action “The Immortal Regiment” dedicated to celebration of Victory in the World War II will be held in Alaska, Anchorage this year for the first time. The coordinator of the action Gennady Polikakhin gave this information to a correspondent of TASS.
“We had this idea for a long time, but during the previous years we just celebrated the Victory Day, the 9th of May, gathered together, laid flowers at the memorial of the fallen in World War II, sang war songs. But last year I participated in the march “The Immortal Regiment” in Seattle (Washington) and realized that we would be able to organize it ourselves”, he said.
According to the calculations of Polikakhin, about 50 residents of Anchorage, who will carry portraits of their relatives and friends — participants in the war – will march from the central square of the city to the military memorial on the 5th of May.
“Unfortunately, there are no Soviet veterans in the city, who could participate in the procession, but I think one or two American veterans, who served on battlefronts of the Second World War, will join us”, the coordinator of the action said.
According to him, not only compatriots, but also representatives of other former Soviet republics, for families of who the Second World War became the most considerable event, will join “The Immortal regiment”. The procession will be the occasion that will unite the Russian-speaking residents of the city.
“Participation in the action is important for us, because it is necessary to honor the memory of ancestors. In addition, in this difficult period of Russian-American relations, we want to show citizens of the USA that there was the time, there was the war, when we were together, about what majority of them, unfortunately, do not know and do not remember”, Gennady Polikakhin said.
For the first time the action “The Immortal Regiment” took place in the USA in 2015 on the initiative of the society “Russian Youth of America”. Then it was organized in only three cities — New York, San Francisco (California) and Atlanta (Georgia) and brought together in total several hundred people. Last year, about 8 thousand people from 20 States participated in the action in the USA.