“The age-long struggle of the Slav nations has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.” – Josef Stalin, radio address – May 9, 1945.
May 9 marks the official observance of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, a conflict in which over 27 million Soviets lost their lives. In Russia, World War II is referred to as “The Great Patriotic War” and no Soviet family was left untouched by this terrible conflict. Since 1945, May 9th has been recognized as a national holiday to honor the Soviet citizens that fought to repel the Nazi invasion and crush Hitler’s Wehrmacht, an event which is considered to be a great source of national pride for many Russians. As such, Victory Day is recognized as one of Russia’s most meaningful holidays.
May 9 is also my birthday…my friends in Moscow thought it was pretty cool that my birthday was on one of their national holidays.
On Monday I’m flying to DC…going to Atlantic City with my comrades on Tuesday…Columbian College ceremonies on Saturday…and the big finale…graduation on the White House Ellipse on Sunday…back to Palm Desert on the 17th…
I should have Volume IV of Adventures in Customer Service posted after I get back from DC…oh, and Office Depot put me on next week’s schedule…umm yeah, too bad I’m going to be 3,000 miles away…oh well, whatever.