VFW TO OBSERVE VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY
Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they
accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler
committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany
was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.
In the United Kingdom more than one million people celebrated in the streets
and in the United States President Harry Truman who turned 61 that day
dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D.
Roosevelt. President Roosevelt had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than
a month earlier.
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will hold an observance to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of VE Day on
Monday, May 9th, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the
Historic Shelby County Court House. The remembrance will begin at 10 am
with the laying of a Memorial Wreath in honor of those who served and those
killed in action in the European Theater during World War II. Names of
those Shelby County Veterans killed in action will also be read. The wreath
will remain on display for the day. As always the public is cordially
invited to remember their fellow Americans.