Over 6,000 take part in memorial parade on Red Square

More than 6,000 people paraded through Moscow's Red Square on Thursday in marking the 72nd anniversary of a historic Red Army parade whose participants went directly to the front to fight German forces that were approaching the then Soviet capital.

More than 6,000 people paraded through Moscow's Red Square on Thursday in marking the 72nd anniversary of a historic Red Army parade whose participants went directly to the front to fight German forces that were approaching the then Soviet capital.

"More than 6,000 people are taking part in the parade today. Among them are soldiers and officers from the Moscow Garrison, servicemen of the Presidential Regiment and the Guard of Honor, members of patriotic clubs and search parties, and cadets," Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a speech at the opening of the parade.

The parade was opened by a participant of 1941 parade, Mark Ivanikhin.

The event began with a show in which trucks carrying soldiers in World War II-era uniforms drove through the square, followed by a march-past of soldiers also wearing Red Army uniforms.

After that cadets and members of children's movements marched through the square.

The pedestrian part of the parade ended with a march of a guard of honor company composed of army, air force and navy personnel.

As the final part of the event, Soviet weapons of the World War II times passed through the square. They included tanks, Katyusha multiple rocket launchers, motorbikes, and trucks.

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