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As the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the victory in Europe, the Defense Department honors those who fought in Europe, and those who sacrificed all in freedom's name.

V-E Day, Victory in Europe - 70th Anniversary

Nation Honors WWII Vets on V-E Day Anniversary

They may move a little bit slower than they did in 1945, but World War II veterans were out in force today at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall here to remember their comrades on the 70th anniversary of when the guns stopped in Europe. Story

Obama Salutes 'Greatest Generation' on V-E Day Anniversary

"The world rejoiced in the hope of peace" upon the Allies' acceptance of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany's armed forces during World War II, President Barack Obama said today, marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in Europe during his weekly address. Story

Air Force Band Joins Belarus, Russia in Victory Day Parade

Musicians with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band marched with Belarusian and Russian service members to honor World War II veterans during a May 9 Victory Day Parade in Minsk, Belarus. Story

Veterans Gather in Manassas for Flyover Test Flight

Military veterans, their families and aviation officials gathered at the Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia for a test flight of World War II-era bombers in preparation for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover above the National Mall to commemorate V-E Day. Story

Manassas Airport Hears 'True Sound of Freedom'

Army Air Forces veteran Merle Hancock recounts his World War II exploits as a turret gunner flying over Germany aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Story

Historic Aircraft to Conduct V-E Day Flyover

America will remember the millions who helped make possible the European theater victory in World War II with a flyover of the Capitol and National Mall area by historic aircraft Friday. Story

V-E Day Marked End of Long Road for World War II Troops

When President Harry S Truman, British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin simultaneously announced that Nazi Germany had surrendered on May 8, 1945, the joy Americans felt was tempered by where they were. Story


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Photo Essay

Photo Essay: World War II Aircraft Fly Over National Mall.

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V-E Day Statement

"We will be forever grateful for what these remarkable men and women did, for the selfless grace they showed in one of our darkest hours. But as we mark this 70th anniversary, let's not simply commemorate history. Let's rededicate ourselves to the freedoms for which they fought."


Vets Reflect, Bombers Reunite 70 Years After VE Day

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Imagine - you're in your 90s, and you're looking at some of the bombers you remember all too well from your days fighting in World War II. Memories would come flooding back, and they did for a few veterans as the nation gets set to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Blog

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