VE Day – 75th Anniversary Commemoration
Friday, May 8, 2020
The event will include living history reenactors, vintage vehicles and a Commemorative Ceremony.
The Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Park. Additional details coming soon!
VE is for Victory in Europe. By April 1945, the German Army was shattered. On April 25, American and Soviet forces met at the Elbe River. Five days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. His successor, Admiral Karl Doenitz, sent Gen. Alfred Jodl to the SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) detachment in Rheims to seek terms for an end to the war. At 2:41 a.m. on May 7, Jodl signed for the unconditional surrender of German forces on all fronts, which was to take effect on May 8 at 11:01 p.m. After six years and millions of live lost, the Nazi scourge was crushed and the war in Europe was finally over.