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June 26th, 2008 – by: mickeyd302
I was told that there would be a big military parade at Freedom Park starting at 10am. I missed the parade portion at Freedom Park because I woke up late but I was happy because I slept very well for a change. Certain routes were closed down to vehicles and it was nice not having to fear for my life while crossing the street. I went down to the Boulevard, which is close to the Caspian Sea and started walking. Soon, a combination of motorcycles, jeeps and other military vehicles came speeding down the street.
After the military vehicles were done, soon the park was filled with the sound of helicopters flying overhead.
Later there were what I am assuming to be MIGs flying through the air. The first group did some manuvers. The second group came in blowing blue, red and green smoke -- the colors of the Azeribaijan flag. This group appeared to be closer to the Azerbaijani answer to the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels. While not as spectacular as those two groups, they were very interesting to watch. Once they were done, the show was over. I ended up buying some bootlegs DVDs for the evening and my weekend off, and then i returned home.
While I, like so many others, dream of a world where there would never be the need for any military to exist, still it is interesting to view these machines of destruction in amazement, awe and lots of fear.
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