The pin is an image of a red five-pointed star – the main symbol of the Soviet Army – together with the stylized repetition of its form, made of the black and yellow Guards ribbon.
The text on the bottom of the pin reads: ” February23”, the text on the contour – “the Soviet Army Day”.
The star is an ancient symbol of protection and power.
The red color is a symbol of the revolutionary struggle.
The Guards ribbon symbolizes the contribution to national defense strengthening.
Black and yellow colors of the Guards ribbon mean “smoke and flame” and are a sign of personal valor on the battlefield.
The green background is a traditional color of the Soviet Army clothing.
Fastening is on a safety pin. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in the late 1980s and was never reproduced.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin. In the Soviet Union due to the absence of the freewheeling economy, goods prices had been fixed for the whole country.
The text stamped on the back of the pin “Tz20K” means “Price 20 kopecks.” In modern Russia one could buy nothing for such a sum of money.
The pin is a valuable collector’s item.
The celebration is dedicated to the 1918 victory of the just formed Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army over the troops of Imperial Germany who wanted to strangle the young Soviet Republic.
For most Russian citizens the Defender of the Fatherland Day is an important and significant date. February 23 is the unofficial national holiday of men of all ages – from young to old. It is celebrated everywhere, in schools, at workplace, in families, and the celebration is a most popular. The holiday plays an important role in the patriotic education of the young. Women who are veterans of the World War II or servicewomen are also congratulated on this day.
One of the traditions of the holiday in Moscow is the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Kremlin. In the evening, the holiday salute takes place in many cities and towns of Russia.