Victory in Europe Day, 70 Years Later

British Royal Family waves to crowds on Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945. Prime Minister Winston Churchill takes the central position of honor on the Buckingham Palace balcony. L to R: Princess Elizabeth, wear her ATS Uniform; Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, King George and Princess Margaret. - (BSLOC_2014_14_19) (Newscom TagID: evhistorypix028991.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

From the Heritage Foundation:

Rewind 70 years ago. It is May 8, 1945, and Germany has just surrendered. World War II is over in Europe.

The day, formally now referred to as “Victory in Europe Day” or “V-E Day,” marks the acceptance of Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Allies of World War II. Today, we join with countries across the world in celebration of victory. We honor the men and women who served and the innocent people who lost their lives to Adolf Hitler’s regime.

These pictures take a look back at the special moments of relief, pride and joy around the world, 70 years ago.

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