May 8, 2006 marks 61 years since Germany’s surrender in Berlin known around the world as VE Day.
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

May 8, 2006 - “VE Day,  marks the day Hitler was defeated and the reason we aren’t speaking in German right now!” said Katie Sinclair, who has made it her life’s mission to remind people of the sacrifices made by United States servicemen.

In April of 1945, after prolonged warfare to free Europe, German resistance was quickly fading. Western allies and Russians raced towards the capital of Berlin with  Russian forces reaching Hitler’s capital first on April 21. Hitler killed himself a few days later on April 30.

Germany’s surrender came soon after on May 7, with the next day being declared VE Day, Victory in Europe. 

With Europe liberated and the Nazis defeated, the Japanese surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945, and World War II was finally over.

“It’s important we remember all these holidays set aside for our servicemen,” said Clayton McGraw, who fought in the Korean War, and is now a veteran serving with the Hopkins County Military Coalition at patriotic ceremonies throughout the county.

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