The American Battle Monuments Commission recognizes the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day

Friday May 8, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. What became a long and costly struggle –from the initial landings in North Africa through the landings in Sicily and the difficult march up the Italian peninsula, the dramatic landings in Normandy and southern France, the race across northwestern Europe, the surprising German counterattack in the Ardennes and the final push across the Rhine into the heart of Germany– finally came to an end. The Allies had won and tyranny was defeated. At war’s end, the total number of military dead for the United States in the European Theater of Operations from all causes was 186,902. Thousands of those who gave all are forever buried and memorialized at our cemeteries located in Europe and North Africa.

The American Battle Monuments Commission remembers their sacrifices and stories, and honor their service even during difficult times.