25th ID band is welcomed by Sakhalin Russian administration
Photo Credit: Master Sgt. James Guzior, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph W. Parenteau, commander, 25th Inf. Div. Band, shakes hands with First Deputy Governor, Konstantin M. Stroganov at the Governor's office after presenting the Dep. Gov. a Ukulele as a gift from the Tropic Lightning band. The 25th Inf. Div. band is the first U.S. military band to perform in Sakhalin, Russia. The battle of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in World War II ended with the signing of surrender documents by Japan on the American battleship USS Missouri (now docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) on September 2, 1945. Since this time, Russia's Far East has never celebrated Victory Day. This historic event, 65 years in the making, was commemorated by the division band and the Russian Central Orchestra of the Ministry of Defense Band performing together at the capitol, Pobeda square. The division band is in Russia for this special occasion and on an international community relations mission representing the U.S. Army and Pacific Command. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. James Guzior, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
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