As you may know, Russia’s capital city of Moscow was to play host on May 9 to a parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory over Nazism. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it was postponed to later date. Since in the glorious 1945 the first major Victory Parade was organized on June 24, this date was chosen this time for holding the delayed celebration.
In order to jointly mark this historic event, leaders of triumphant nations were invited by the Russian government to Moscow. Uzbekistan was also among those recipients, for the contribution of our people to the success in that terrible conflict is considered enormous.
Recent studies have shown that about 2 million people from our republic were mobilized for the war. And the resilience shown by the Uzbekistanis in the rear has become a matter of great pride for generations to come.
It should be noted that in the current intricate situation associated with the pandemic, the participation of the head of our state in such an event is the embodiment of the heroism inherent in our people. Uzbekistan’s President has attended the ceremonial event for the first time in the history of our independence.
Likewise, for the first time, the military of the independent Uzbekistan took part in the parade. As President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted yesterday at his Kremlin meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is our common history, our common victory. The courage shown by our peoples is a source of eternal pride for all of us.
With his participation in the solemn occasion held on the Red Square in Moscow, the President of our country again paid tribute to the universally recognized colossal contribution of the people of Uzbekistan to the glorious Victory.
In addition, the feat of our courageous people who endured grief and suffering as well as irreparable losses at the frontline and rear has been thus honored at the international level.
In memory of our ancestors who fell on the battlefields, servicemen of the Uzbek Armed Forces marched solemnly at the parade. In total, 225 units of military hardware, 14 thousand soldiers and officers from 13 countries took part in the ceremony. 55 airplanes and 20 helicopters flew over the Russian capital in a festive formation, which afforded a distinct atmosphere to the holiday.