Monday, May 10, 2010
“The Great Patriotic War forged the Russian national character, and Victory Day rallies the people to achieve great results,” said President Dmitry Medvedev. "It really was a terrible ordeal for our people. But this war has forged our national character, and now we are not afraid of anyone. We are able to overcome the most serious challenges. We are strong, we are successful," "Interfax" quotes President Dmity Medvedev, who was speaking in Moscow at the gala opening concert on the Victory Day. The President expressed confidence that this unique festival will unite the Russian people even more "to achieve the great results, the country faces." The President recalled that almost 27 million people in WWII were killed defending their homeland, Russia. "But these sacrifices were not in vain, because today we can see how people get together and remember those events of the past. We all owe our veterans, if not for their very terrible plight, we simply would not be. Let us say thanks to them." said President Medvedev, inviting the audience to enjoy the concert.
Moscow sky painted by spectacular fireworks
Spectacular fireworks displays ended the celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The jubilee fireworks lasted one and a half times longer than usual for May 9th a total of 15 minutes. During that time the Russian military launched more than 4,500 fireworks into the sky. The highlight of the fireworks show was the latest pyrotechnic called the "Tricolor", developed by Russian specialists, Interfax reported. To launch the volleys of fireworks the legendary ZIS-3 76 caliber gun was used. During the war, these guns were mounted on tanks and for firing from the fixed positions. They have a range of 13 kilometers.