NEXT month sees the 70th anniversary of VE Day, otherwise known as Victory in Europe Day.
It celebrates the day, May 8, 1945, that the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender in the Second World War. In other words, it was the end of the conflict in Europe.
This year’s VE Day, on Friday, May 8, will herald three days of events across the United Kingdom to celebrate the occasion. Beacons will be lit across the country and there will be an aerial display by Spitfire and Lancaster planes over London.
Following Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945, the German surrender was authorized by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The military surrender was signed on May 7 in Reims, France, and the following day in Berlin, Germany.
Are you planning any events in your area? Also, do you have any memories of the day itself as the war was declared over?
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