Monday, May 9, 2011

May 8th Victory in Europe(VE) Day

Yesterday, May 8 has come and gone, unnoticed. And what a shame that is. This year it just
happened to fall on Mothers Day, which made it ever more special.

How many people remember that May 8th is Victory in Europe (VE) Day. It is no longer celebrated,
in fact it is not even placed on calendars, and it has not been for several years.

As the number of WWII veterans grows smaller by the day, we should take special note of this day,
and give our thanks and prayers for those brave men.

The Instrument of Surrender ordered all German military to surrender
and cease all operations at 23:01 Central Europe Time on May 8th, 1945.

This was the end of the war in Europe, and we should never forget this date, we should never forget
those who fought so valiantly and through such hardships. Never forget those who gave their
lives to protect our country and our freedom.

 I am so proud that so many towns and cities across our great land are remembering the
WWII veterans by giving the veterans free trips to Washington, DC to visit the WWII memorial,
which is a very beautiful and inspiring monument to all who fought in that horrific struggle.

I hope that the Freedom Flights will continue long enough to allow every WWII veteran the chance
to see this wonderful memorial.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996