Veteran honored on Victory Day
Each year on May 9 countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate Dyen Pobyediy (День Победы!), or Victory Day, marking its defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Great Patriotic War (known in the U.S., of course, as the Second World War). And each year cities across Ukraine and other former countries of the Soviet Union celebrate with parades and other festivities.
In Artemovsk, my small eastern Ukrainian home, a parade kicked off the occasion. Beginning at the city center and winding its way up the hill to a large monument.