In the West their efforts are often forgotten, but Russia knows how to honor it’s war heroes. Every year a big military parade is held in Red Square, Moscow and smaller ceremonies are organised throughout the vast country to celebrate the anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany, now 66 years ago.

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian second World War veterans toast over a typical wartime meal served for them at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow May 8, 2011. Russia will celebrate the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) shares a toast and meal of buckwheat with World War II veterans during his visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow May 8, 2011. Russia will celebrate the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian second World War veteran reminisces during a commemorative event at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow May 8, 2011. Russia will celebrate the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian second World War veteran offers a toast during a commemorative event at the Central Museum of the Armed Forces in Moscow May 8, 2011. Russia will celebrate the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C), Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov (R), State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov (2nd R), Leader of the Upper House Sergei Mironov (3rd R) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (4th R) walk in procession during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow's Alexander Garden, May 8, 2011. Russia will celebrate the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev lays flowers during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier on the eve of Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian war veteran dances during Victory Day celebrations in the far eastern city of Vladivostok May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian war veteran drinks after toasting during Victory Day celebrations in the far eastern city of Vladivostok May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

An elderly woman watches a military vehicle passing by during a military parade on Victory Day in the far eastern city of Vladivostok May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian navy personnel march during a military parade on Victory Day in the far eastern city of Vladivostok May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

War veterans lay flowers at the World War Two memorial during the celebrations for the Victory Day in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk near Krasnoyarsk May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian communists take part in a procession to mark the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian communists take part in a procession to mark the Victory Day, with a portrait of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the foreground, in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian communists hold portraits of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as they take part in a procession to mark the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

People watch cadets marching near the World War Two memorial during the celebrations for the Victory Day in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk near Krasnoyarsk May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel wait before taking part in a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military tanks move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russia's Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov stands in an open limousine as he takes part in a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military vehicles move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian military tank moves along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military helicopters fly above Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military vehicles move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military tanks move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Emergencies Ministry personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military vehicles move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military tanks move along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian serviceman takes part a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russian military personnel march along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

A Russian military vehicle moves along Red Square during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R front) shakes hands with veterans as he attends a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) sits with veterans as he attends a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

People watch Russian military tanks as they move past on the opposite embankment of the Moskva river during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Guns are fired on the embankment of the Moskva river in front of the Kremlin wall during a military parade on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Russia Celebrates Victory Over Nazi Germany

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watch a military parade in Red Square on the Victory Day in Moscow May 9, 2011. Russia celebrates the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin