Victory in Europe Day

This is the first year that Ukraine is officially joining the ranks of those countries who celebrate V-E Day on May 8, rather than May 9 when Russia celebrates. As we look at the situation in Ukraine and Europe at this point in history, we’d best not forget the lessons we should have learned during World War II.

Ukraine, we love you. And we stand with you as you fight to defend your homeland from the bully aggressor Russia. And we beg the world to wake up and really see what’s happening!

Per Holiday Insights:

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, The Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated. Millions of people were killed. Adolf Hitler, Germany’s Dictator, had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin.

The German Army ceased fighting on May 2and, and formally surrendered unconditionally, on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries planned to celebrate victory, and the cessation of hostilities.

Did you Know? The original 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 Brittain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the original planned date for May 9th. Russia still celebrates V-E Day on May 9th.

Do your grandchildren have any living family members who can help them understand the significance of V-E Day? You might want to save these firsthand memories in writing or by videoing an interview…may the older generations teach the younger!

Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. Grandma Kc says:

    To be honest, here in the United States we don’t really celebrate it. Maybe because it didn’t happen here and also because we tend to be very self-centered! My Dad and 2 of my Uncles both served during WWII but they are all gone now. I do however have a copy of a letter my Uncle wrote home when he was at Pearl Harbor. History is important!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      What a priceless letter! Yes, history is important. And before it is totally rewritten (sadly), we need to share with our children and grandchildren what REALLY happened. First hand!

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Joyce says:

    My grandchildren have no living relatives who experienced WWII. However, my dad was on Normandy Beach the day after the invasion. I have his Purple Heart, his letter of induction into the army, his honorable discharge papers and another paper commending him for a second earned medal, although I have never located that one. I also have the black rosary my mother prayed every day for his safe return. Dad was a tank commander. The tank was hit, he was blown out of it and was the only survivor of the incident. My heart still aches for the families of those men who were with him and did not come home.

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Joyce, amazing treasures! Your grandchildren are blessed that you have kept these over the years…and the stories to go with them. Have you ever blogged about these — it would be fascinating.

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