Great Patriotic War Victory Parade to Be Largest in Country’s History

The May 7 parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War is expected to be the largest event among all previously conducted in Kazakhstan. More than 5,000 people, 220 military vehicles and 85 aircraft will participate in the procession, reported tengrinews.kz.

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The parade will be divided into two parts. The first portion will include historic scenes and present 36 types of retro military equipment that were used during the war in 1941-45. The final section will feature samples of weapons and military equipment which stand in service in the modern Kazakh Army. The procession will include 24 parade sections, each with 154 soldiers, and among them two will be female sections.  

According to Minister of Health and Social Development Tamara Duyssenova, the National Bank of Kazakhstan has already issued 207,923 jubilee medals for veterans. About 5.8 million tenge (US$31,235) was allocated from the national budget to provide financial assistance for veterans, disabled soldiers and workers of the home front during the military years. 

“As per the report issued on April 1, 82 war participants have received new apartments and a housing renovation for 13,000 veterans has been organised. They also received residential telephone lines, and 176,000 veterans have been provided with medicines for the total sum of 72.4 million tenge (US$389,903),” said Duyssenova.

In addition, war participants have also been granted a discount for train travel and sanatorium treatment. Deputy Prime Minister Berdybek Saparbayev stressed that tasks such as taking care of veterans and improving the quality of their lives are among the main priorities of the state social policy.

“Today, the social protection policy for senior citizens is implemented at both the national and regional levels. Every year, we increase the amount of pensions and other social payments. The task for government agencies is to accurately implement social policies in the frame of the state,” said Saparbayev.

A photo exhibition featuring never-before-seen pictures from the Kazakhstan National Archives and the U.S. National Archives will be presented by the U.S. embassy in Kazakhstan. The exhibition will feature Kazakh and U.S. heroes, as well as untold stories and a map of routes used by Allied Forces to transport supplies through the Kazakh SSR to the Soviet Union and China. The opening ceremony will kick off in the Kasteev National Museum of Arts in Almaty and the exhibit is also expected to be presented in Astana and other Kazakh cities. 

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