By COLlive reporter
A modest Jewish ceremony was held a short while before the official Victory Day parade that celebrated the 69th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar stood in Moscow’s Red Square and recited the “Kel Maleh Rachamim” prayer for the souls of the departed on Friday.
He was flanked by officials from the Russian Armed Forces, Jewish veterans who laid wreaths at a memorial site located between the Kremlin and the official residence of the President Vladimir Putin.
As the official May 9 celebration was kicked off, with a military parade which featured 11,000 troops, 149 military vehicles and 69 warplanes, Chabad’s Shaarei Tzedek Social Center were preparing meals for veterans and Holocaust survivors.