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Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 1945 was declared Victory in Europe Day (or VE Day), marking the end of World War II with the surrender of the German troops.

For years the Axis powers, specifically Germany, terrorized many countries and were responsible for the loss of countless lives.  Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi troops and Third Reich, committed suicide on April 30, 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, just days before the formal surrender occurred.

Joyous celebrations took place all over Great Britain and the United States on May 8, with people putting out flags and banners commemorating the conclusion of the brutal war and the end of the Nazi Reign of Terror.

Sources: History, Wikipedia

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VJ Day – September 2

September 2 is Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day!

September 2 marks the anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Japan’s surrender effectively ended World War II, the most devastating global conflict in history.

VJ Day is also celebrated on August 15, the date Japan announced its surrender, or because of time zone differences, August 14, the date Japan’s surrender was announced worldwide.

Did You Know…Rhode Island is the only U.S. state that  recognizes VJ Day as an official holiday.  Officially named Victory Day in Rhode Island, the holiday is observed on the second Monday of August.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org, history.com
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