I was wrong
09.05.2007 -17 °C
The Victory Day parade was a bit of a let down... maybe plans were changed because the bad weather??? But the cold drizzle was perfect for me.
Yesterday's search for the war memorials was rather dissapointing. I had found Victory Place and it was mostly a urban park with few monuments.
Today, I hit the jackpot. I visiited Victory Park and The Memorial to the Heroic Defender's of Lenningrad. All Doom and Gloom accompanied by the appropriate music. Those Soviets sure know how to make memorials. The main underground hall has 900 lights, one for each day of the seige. They also had a children singing inside the memorial.
The bronze statues were very melodramatic.... commanders urging soldiers forward... brave soldiers supporting wounded citizens, fathers kissing daughters... mothers kissing sons... sisters and wives making Artillary Shells... You know, the regular stuff.
The Russian really acknowledge the role of women in supporting the war. There was an exhibit devoted to this at the Moscow WWII Museum.
The War Memmorials in Russia attract a very ecclectic crowd. The old, the young, males and females. The memorials are not dominated by middleaged males like me.
Happiness and Joy