75th Anniversary VE Day

75th Anniversary VE Day

May 8th, 2045 – May 8, 2020

SAINT JOHN — Friday marked 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Right: Orange tulips in Saint John are among the 1.1 million Liberation 75 tulips planted across the country in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who served during the Second World War.

75th Anniversary VE Day

75th Anniversary VE Day

Also known as Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Several countries observe public holidays on the day each year, variously called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day or simply Victory Day. In the UK it is often abbreviated to VE Day, or V-E Day in the US, a term which existed as early as September 1944,[1] in anticipation of victory.

Former Soviet Block Countries Celebrate too

Several former Soviet bloc countries like RussiaBelarus, and Serbia celebrate on 9 May as the end of all combat actions was specified at 23:01 Central European Time, which was already 9 May in the USSRIsrael also marks VE Day on 9 May, as a result of the large number of immigrants from the former Soviet bloc, although it is not a public holiday.

History

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Winston Churchill waving to crowds in Whitehall on 8 May celebrating the end of the war

Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide

Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, had committed suicide on 30 April during the Battle of Berlin and Germany’s surrender was authorised by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg Government. The act of military surrender was first signed at 02:41 on 7 May in SHAEF HQ at Reims,[2] and a slightly modified document, considered the definitive German Instrument of Surrender, was signed on 8 May 1945 in KarlshorstBerlin at 21:20 local time.

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