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Victory in Europe (VE) Day

May 8
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 8 of May, repeating until May 8, 2030

Each year we commemorate Victory in Europe Day, also known as V-E Day. On May 8th 1945, Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Forces of the Second World War. This day in history marked the end of World War II in Europe, although the war would continue in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Presidential Proclamation, 1945

The Allied armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God’s help, have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men. They have violated their churches, destroyed their homes, corrupted their children, and murdered their loved ones. Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave.

           – Harry S. Truman, Former President of the United States of America