A parade of Young Pioneers - representative of the children's mass organization of the Soviet Union - was held in Moscow on May 19.
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Background: A parade of Young Pioneers - representative of the children's mass organization of the Soviet Union - was held in Moscow on May 19. Fifty thousand schoolchildren wearing red ties took part in it. The first banner of the Young Pioneers was carried by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.
The 25 million-strong Lenin Young Pioneer Organization was founded on May 19, 1922, at the initiative of Vladimir Lenin.
The Mausoleum stands were occupied by representatives of children;s organizations form some 40 countries and by delegates of the international democratic youth movement.
Yesterday, a Young Pioneer ceremony, held in Moscow's Kremlin, was attended by delegations from all the country's republics. President Nikolai Podgorny, welcoming the meeting, stressed the importance of the Young Pioneer movement in bringing up the younger generation to love their country, to respect working people and to be friendly with all peoples, the President said that Lenin's behest to provide the best for the children has been realized in the Soviet Union. They have at their disposal 4.000 Palaces and clubs and over 100 theatres.
Twenty-eight newspapers and some 40 magazines in many languages of the Soviet peoples are published for them. The President presented the Young Pioneers with the Order of Lenin they were awarded on their jubilee for their services in bringing up many generations of Soviet people.