Independence Day, the key holiday of Belarusian statehood, is celebrated in Belarus on 3 July.
The holiday is celebrated on the day when Minsk was liberated from the Nazi invaders — 3 July 1944.
The parade of the Minsk garrison troops in honor of Independence Day began at the Minsk Hero City Stele.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko reviewed the parade.
Over 4,000 servicemen and more than 250 units of military hardware took part in the parade.
The event traditionally featured servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces.
Servicemen of the People’s Liberation Army of China took part in Belarus’ Independence Day military parade for the first time.
The first Independence Day was celebrated in Belarus in 1997.
On 3 July Belarusians traditionally pay a tribute of respect to the heroism and perseverance of the Belarusian nation.
We bow to the selfless fight of the underground resistance movement and partisans, to the unmatched deeds of those, who had to restore the country from the ashes after the war.