Mollie Panter-Downes, an English novelist, described the scene in London:‘American sailors and laughing girls formed a conga line down the middle of Piccadilly…They were the liberated people who, like their counterparts in every celebrating capital that night, were young enough to outlive the past and to look forward to an unspoilt future.’
In New York City, massive crowds gathered in the streets, waving flags. President Harry Truman dedicated the celebrations to his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died only a month earlier.
While World War II would linger in the Pacific until August 1945, VE Day signaled change, relief and a major turning point for a world beleaguered by war.
A member of the crew of a naval ship, especially one who is below the rank of officer.
A state of armed conflict between nations or different groups within a nation.
People condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies.