The message reads, in part:
“Since its inception, the Immortal Regiment movement has won public respect, has become a truly nationwide event, and has found resonance among millions in Russia and beyond.
I am confident that such noble initiatives as this one will bring together people of different generations in the name of preserving the memory of our people’s heroism during the Great Patriotic War.
I wish you success in you productive efforts to bring up our young people in the spirit of patriotism, civil awareness and respect for the glorious military and labour traditions of our history.”
The Immortal Regiment is a public march whose participants carry the photographs of their relatives who fought in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945. The march is held on Victory Day (May 9) in Russia and other countries.
This year, over 2,900 events were held as part of Immortal Regiment marches across Russia. Over 10 million people took part in these marches, including over 1 million in Moscow.