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Defenders of the Motherland Day
From: 2014.02.23 To: 2014.02.23
On 23 February, all Russians celebrate Defenders of the Motherland Day. This is a nation-wide holiday which personifies the recognition of the great services of the Russian forces to the country and the people. It is also your best chance at seeing parades of Russian missiles and armoured tanks. Another focal point of the celebration is the tomb of the unknown soldier monument located in the north-east part of the Alexander Park. Here are the remains of an anonymous soldier, exhumed from the mass grave of those who were killed while halting the advance of the Wehrmacht on the Leningrad Highway. If you are visiting the monument at other times of the year, you might spot newlyweds laying flowers next to the eternal flame.