Thursday, February 24, 2011

Parade of Great Patriotic War automobiles held in Kharkiv

KHARKIV, February 23, 2011. Activists of the famous automobile club "Samokhod" marked the February 23 (Defender of Fatherland Day) by riding cars of the WWII time along the city roads. This automobile club is famous for its automobiles renovated by enthusiasts and often involved for reconstruction of different historical events, in particular for many films about war.

Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday observed in Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Belarus and several other former republics of the Soviet Union. It is celebrated on February 23. The holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow. It was originally known as Red Army Day. In 1949, it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was given its current name.