Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic and observes Victory Day every 9 May to remember the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II in 1945.
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In was on 9 May 1945 that Germany surrendered to the USSR. This led to a victory parade in Red Square in Moscow, and similar military parades are held in many cities of the former USSR today, including in Kazakhstan.
In many cities of Kazakhstan, 9 May is a time when not only the Armed Forces but school children as well march down the streets on their way to war memorials to honour those who fought and died to win or preserve the freedoms they enjoy today.
Actually, Victory Day celebrations last for two days in Kazakhstan, on the ninth and tenth of May. And there are many charity events that take place all month long. On 9 May, however, the main events take place.
There are many special events held to honour war heroes of the nation, and there are organised “chats” between war veterans and the younger generations. Plus, the government makes a point of supporting all living World War II veterans all year long and holding special events in their honour this time of year.