Sunday, May 07, 2017

Immortal Regiment Toronto

Photos of some of the millions of lives lost by the Soviet Union in the fight against the Nazis were held aloft by relatives during the remembrance event at Toronto's Old City Hall Cenotaph. The Immortal Regiment began in Russia in 2012 and has spread around the world holding ceremonies to commemorate the end of World War II and the anniversary of the May 2, 2014 Odessa Massacre.
2017 marks the 72nd Anniversary of the WWII victory and the 3rd Anniversary of Odessa so members of the Regiment gathered Saturday, May 6 at 1pm at Yonge-Dundas Square and marched to Old City Hall at Queen and Bay Streets. Orange and black banners and ribbons, colours of the St. George's Ribbon were displayed honouring Russia's highest military honours.
From the cpcml website "Organizers state that the “Immortal Regiment March is well known to Russian-speaking diaspora around the globe. We invite everyone who cherishes the memory of those who fought in the Second World War and defeated Nazism. We suggest printing enlarged portraits of your family members who participated in the Second World War to bring with you. Up to 5,000 participants are expected this year in downtown Toronto.” Much less than 5k people joined the march.
The Immortal Regiment wants people to share their stories and to let the pictures they hold come to life as they recognize their heroes.

See more photos of the ceremony after the jump.

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