70th Anniversary of V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day

“President Harry S. Truman seated at a desk, before a microphone, announcing the end of World War II in Europe.” 05/08/1945 (National Archives Identifier: 199078); Photographs, ca. 1850 – ca. 1990; Harry S. Truman Library; National Archives.

Today, May 8th marks the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day, commemorating the Allied victory in Europe during World War II.  In his Weekly Address, President Obama recounts why every American should appreciate the Allied victory in World War II.    During a V-E Day commemoration ceremony in Washington D.C. today National Security Advisor Susan Rice honored those Allied veterans who fought for the liberation of Europe during World War II. Westwood One also reports V-E Day, marking the victory of the U.S. and its allies in Europe, is being observed in London — where all of Britain’s party leaders lined up in front of a war monument, holding wreaths of red poppies and observing a moment’s silence in honor of those who died in World War II.