VE DAY Today
Victory in Europe Day
Winston Churchill in a shout out to the crowds in London said, “God bless you all. This is your victory!
It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land.
In all our long history we have never seen a greater day than this.
Everyone, man or woman, has done their best.
Everyone has tried.
Neither the long years, nor the dangers, nor the fierce attacks of the enemy, have in any way weakened the unbending resolve of the British nation.
God bless you all.”
General Eisenhower released a statement from Supreme Headquarters – Allied Expeditionary Force that said in its entirety, “The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945.”
On May 17, 1945, my Dad wrote from 12th Corps Headquarters, “As far as I know, we are going to remain in Germany for occupation but of course everything is mixed up and we don’t know just what will happen.“
In none of his surviving letters does my Dad even mention that the war had ended.
In his last note before the end of the war, dated May 1st, he wrote, “The Air Corps certainly did a lot of damage here in Germany in the past year. As we travel through we can can see all the destruction. I don’t see how they can keep fighting much longer.”
It is interesting to note that his letter of May 17th was not delivered until July, 1945.
I am nearing 60 years old.
My Dad would have been 100 years old.
Strikes me that when he was 20, the United States Civil War came to an end 75 years earlier.