Yahoo News has a good slide show for the VE Day 60th anniversary commemorations from around the world, with emphasis on Moscow. Skip past the egregious political pictures. At first I thought it bad form, until I realized they have nothing on the men in uniform. It is their day. In my book, no one can detract from what they’ve done.
Update: It looks like Yahoo updates the slide show continuously. Many of the original pictures I saw are not there any more. Which is a shame.
Here’s a history lesson: the Veteran on the right has a simple gold star on red ribbon above all his other medals. That gold star is the award for “Hero of the Soviet Union”, which is the highest award given by the Russian armed forces during World War II, equivalent to our Congressional Medal of Honor. Whatever he did to earn it, I’m sure was nothing short of spectacular.