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post May 6 2005, 11:17 PM
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This day is usually over shadowed by Mother's Day(not sure how Europe celebrates this), but it is very important and a special occasion.
This was 11 months after the allied forces of the US, Britian, and Canada landed on the beaches of Normandy opening up the Western front in Europe.
This is the day when British, Soviet, free French and free Polish, Canadian, Australian, and American troops rejoiced, as did the rest of the countries who suffered, and in general, the world. Its when Germany signed the unconditional surrender in a ceremony to the the Soviets, led by Marshall Zhukov,at Karlshorst, as done the previous day to the Western allies.
German unconditional surrender signed in Reims, France on 7th May takes effect fifty-nine minutes before midnight this date.

VE Day--Victory in Europe Day signified the end of evil greater than any other in history.
Every man woman and child that helped the Allies deserves to be remembered this week.
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Above -- General Alfred Jodl, Chief of the Operations Staff in the German High Command, signs the document of unconditional German surrender at General Eisenhower's Headquarters in Reims, France, May 7, 1945. On Jodl's left is Admiral Von Friedeburg of the German Navy, and on his right is Major Wilhelm Oxenius of the German General Staff. Below -- German Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel signs a surrender document at Soviet headquarters in Berlin, May 9, 1945. The Soviets had insisted that a second ceremonial signing take place in Soviet-occupied Berlin.
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