Every year on August 2, Russia celebrates a glorious date - the Day of the Airborne Forces (Day of the Airborne Forces), established by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 549 of May 31, 2006 "On the establishment of professional holidays and memorable days in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation" revival and development of domestic military traditions, enhancing the prestige of military service and established in recognition of the merits of military specialists in solving the problems of ensuring the defense and security of the state.
The airborne troops - "winged infantry", "blue berets" - no matter how many epithets were awarded to the guards-paratroopers, but always, at all times and under any circumstances, the strength, courage and reliability of people living by the principle: "No one, except us!". And today, more than a million Russians who once wore blue berets, as well as currently serving in the Airborne Forces, will celebrate their holiday - Airborne Forces Day.
The history of the Airborne Forces (VDV) dates back to August 2, 1930 - then, at the exercises of the Air Force of the Moscow Military District near Voronezh, a unit of paratroopers consisting of 12 people was parachuted for the first time to perform a tactical task. This experiment allowed military theorists to see the prospect of the advantage of parachute units, their enormous capabilities associated with the rapid coverage of the enemy through the air.