During the festivities across the country, people bring flowers to honor the memory of the victims of the Second World War; the guard of honor stands near the monuments.
Since 2014, poppy flowers have become the symbol of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Ukraine. It is also an international symbol of memory of victims of all military and civilian armed conflicts.
On April 9, 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament set up the date of May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation; the respective law was passed in accordance with the respective UN resolution of 2004. Thus, Ukraine joined the common Western tradition of marking the memorable date.