With all the attention focused on Mockba for Victory Day we in this little bucolic village on the sea feel left out. Here's a little fill in for those interested.
We leave at 05:30 Saturday for 35th Battery Museum. There we will form up with Red Army, whose Krimu Detachment is based there, and leave for City at 07:00, transported by restored period vehicles belonging to Red Army. We went through the security clearance for the parade last week with no problems and only one raised eyebrow. The vehicles will be in the parade and we will ride in them. Parade itself will not take all that long but the meeting and greeting of the civilians will go on for quite some time after the parade.
I do not know if VVP will be in attendance or not but security is tight, actually as tight as in late February and March last year if not more so. Even GAI are running around with vests and automats.
The entire city is decked out for the parade and St. George Ribbons are everywhere. The honor guard at Guard Post #1, the Sevastopol Eternal Flame across from Nahximova Square, is perfect. We met some of them today after they changed the guard. They are all early and mid teen school children and the competition for that duty is quite keen.
I do not know if we personally can get photos of the events since we will be in them but I can assure you there will be plenty between Red Army and Battery Museum.
The bad thing is I've been 'promoted' for the event. I am Infantry, E9 equivalent, but for this gig I'm O6...Navy. Kapitan First Rank. My lass is Sarjant sniper, which fits her to a 'T'.
I'll post an AAR after the festivities tomorrow. I have no idea what time we'll be back to the digs but hopefully it will be before dark.