Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.
The term VE Day existed as early as September 1944, in anticipation of victory. On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin. Germany’s surrender, therefore, 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 signed on 7 May in Reims, France and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.
The former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries have historically celebrated the end of World War II on 9 May. In Ukraine since 2015, 8 May is designated as a day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, but it is not a public holiday.
Victory Day Quotes/Messages
We owe our World War II veterans – and all our veterans – a debt we can never fully repay.
Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
I believe that the role of limited government should be looking after the needs of veterans, the elderly, children and those institutions that improve the quality of life for struggling families – I don’t believe that government should bend to serve the needs of subsidized multi-national corporations and entitled billionaires.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not. So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things. What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance. And all music is.
These are the times that try men’s souls.
America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
Freedom is never free.
Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.