Monday, May 8, 2017

WW2 | V-E Day, May 8, 1945

 Celebrations in UK of V-E Day. Painting by
Unknown British Artist.

D-Day was the code name for the Normandy Landing, in June 1944. It was the beginning of the liberation of France and the rest of Europe.

V-E Day, Victory in Europe, did not take place until nearly eleven months later,  on May 8, when the Nazis capitulated.

Many memorials were observed in 2014 to celebrate  the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and honor those who lost their lives in that year. Alice and I were in Normandy that year.

The winter of 1944-45 was a famine for the occupied Dutch as the Nazis diverted what food there was to their own troops.

In 2015, the 70th anniversary of V-E Day was celebrated on May 8-9 (the Germans surrendered to the Soviets a day later). Here are some my posts from the celebrations of the anniversaries in 2014 and 2015.

Monuments Unveiled to 14 Airmen (Laval, June 6, 2014)
Willem van Stockum’s Last Letter Home
Omaha Beach
Total Allied Deaths in France, World War II
Vaufleury Cemetery - Forgotten Graves in another part of the cemetery
Vaufleury Cemetery - Ceremonies, 2014
My Third Visit to My Uncle’s Grave
Memorial Visit to Normandy, Laval
70th Anniversary of “A Soldier’s Creed” 
10 It’s 70 Years After D-Day in Normandy June 6, 1944
11 RAF No. 10 Squadron to Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary in 2015
12 V-E Day May 7-8, 1945 - UN Remembrance Days

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