Victory in Europe Day
About V-E Day
When is Victory in Europe Day? This historic day is always observed May 8
Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, is a May 8 holiday. It commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, The Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated. During the war, millions of people were killed. On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler, Germany’s Dictator, committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. On May 8, 1945, the war in Europe was finally over. American GIs were coming home.
The German Army ceased fighting on May 2, and formally surrendered unconditionally, on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries celebrated the victory, and the cessation of hostilities.
Did you Know? The originally planned date for the celebration of V-E Day, was May 9th, 1945. But, journalists caught wind of the plans. So, the U.S. and Britain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the originally planned date of May 9th. Russia still celebrates V-E Day on May 9th.
How to Celebrate Victory in Europe Day
There are a lot of things to do on V-E Day. Here are some ideas:
- Never forget, why we fought WWII.
- Learn more about the history of World War II.
- Read a book on WWII.
- Watch a movie about World War II.
War may not determine who is right, but it definitely determines who is left.
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