May 8: V-E Day

Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war with Germany had been won, 8 May 1945.Happy Victory in Europe Day! On May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted Germany’s surrender Berlin (another surrender was signed the day before in Reims, France).

It was a day of uncontrollable rejoicing, where people throughout Europe and in the States took to the streets, laughing, shouting, singing, and even hugging each other, whether friend or stranger. The war in the Pacific continued until Japan surrendered in August, but, after nearly six long years, the war in Europe was over.

“But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
‘The Lord is great!'”

Psalm 70:4

VE Day (image from BBC)

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