Victory in Europe Day!

2019-05-08 Wed

Victory in Europe Day was celebrated on 8th May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender.

Victory in Europe Day is generally known as VE Day (Great Britain) or V-E Day (North America. The term VE Day existed as early as September 1944, in anticipation of victory. On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide which led to the surrender of Germany and the end of 5 years long devastating war.

Upon the defeat of Germany, celebrations erupted throughout Great Britain and North America. In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace. In the United States, the victory happened on President Harry Truman's 61st birthday. Flags remained at half-staff for the remainder of the 30-day mourning period. Massive celebrations took place in many American cities, especially in New York's Times Square.

Among the celebrations, the leader of these countries reminded that the war against Japan had not yet been won. On the other hand, the other participator of the war – Soviet Russia commemorates Victory Day on 9 May instead of 8 May.

Royal Mail issued a set of 4 stamps for India commemorating the Victory. The stamps were issued with the denomination 9 pies, 1½ Anna, 3½ Anna, and 12 Anna. The Stamps depict the left facing portrait of King George VI and the Symbol of Victory.

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