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Thank you, All Vets, for Victory!

1941-1945These days we are getting congratulatory cards from our relatives, friends in Russia, Slovakia, Canada on the Victory Day May 8-9 th. To the right and to the left are shown some of them. We want to say our thanks to Happy Victory Day! 2015all of you, dear beloved ones.

We know that in Russia and in Europe as well the 70-th Anniversary of Great Victory day was widely celebrated with marches, military bands, singing on the streets, laying the commemoration wreaths onto the graves of fallen heroes. Wonderful tradition! In Saint Petersburg it is called “The Immortal Regiment”.

We went to the Military Museums in Calgary to participate in this big special event. We discovered the victories, tragedies, and sacrifices of the Canadian Armed Forces. With eight museums and galleries housed under one roof: The Naval Museum of Alberta, King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armored CORPS) Museum, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives,  Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives, The Air Force Museum of Alberta, The Army Museum of Alberta, The Founders Gallery. Location: 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5J4.

The latter presents TREES HEEFT EEN CANADEES “Dutch War Brides” exhibition by Beverley Tosh opened on May 5-August 16, 2015. We visited this exhibition and were very happy to know about this. As Janko met the veteran of the Second War in France Roger Geisman, he served in the French Resistance (partisan unit), here in the hall, they started to talk about the life in the past and in the present. Roger’s wife Joanna, his war bride, passed away long ago. We looked around. On the walls were hung the portraits of the young women who were married to Canadian servicemen, such happy faces and their love letters to each other. Everything is authentic and very touching.

Tank you note,2015   We came away with the feeling and understanding of the human side of the war.                                                                                                        We highly recommend to the families with the young children of all ages to come to visit the Military Museums, the only attraction of its kind in Western Canada.Military Meseums Calgary, 2015

We met a group of schoolchildren from Edmonton, they all wore the orange-and-black striped ties showing that they belong to one group of     people who is interested in history of their native land, who like travelling to see the new places and learn something new and interesting. It is pleasant, indeed, to see the representatives of the young generation around us.

The young people who are serving us also were knowledgeable and helpful to show us around with the explanation of the new exhibits and artifacts in each and every display.

And the main thing-the weather was splendid on May 9, 2015, that also complemented our outing.

Listen: “Fly Away on Wings of Wind”, a beautiful Russian song

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  1. Greetings. Thank you for another fine post. I combined the St.George ribbon with a commemorative “VE” day pin to make a nice emblem to honour the whole Allied effort, which I wore all week. This is a tradition I intend to maintain.

    God bless you,

    We hope to see you soon.

  2. Hi, Rudy! It is wonderful that you commemorate this special day, May the 9-th of 2015, especially this year, when we come together to remember all those who sacrificed their lives to make the world a safer place. Unfortunately, these sacrifices today are forgotten by many people. Russia sacrificed over 20 million people, both civilian and military. This fact has been shunted around politically by different interests groups who are trying to diminish this truth.
    The greatest and most touching part of the Moscow-St.Petersburg Victory Parades was to see thousands upon thousands of people of all ages carrying the photos of the family members who fought in that war. LEST WE FORGET! Memory of these brave people is eternal.
    Sincerely yours,
    Valentina and Janko

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