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Videos/Pics: Trump, US military commemorate VE-Day, end of World War II in Europe

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump approach the memorial wall at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. on May 8, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. (Department of Defense, Released)
May 08, 2020

The U.S. and other allied countries who fought through World War II celebrated on Friday marking 75 years since Nazi Germany surrendered, and concluded the portion of the war in the European theater.

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

On May 8, 1945, German forces signed their unconditional surrender after U.S. and allied forces closed in on them from the West and Soviet Russian forces closed in from the East. Though the war would continue for another three months against Imperial Japan, the Nazi German surrender marked a day of celebration for those who fought across Europe.

During the ceremony, Trump interacted with several World War II veterans gathered at the memorial.

“Pres and Mrs Trump greet several World War II veterans invited to today’s ceremony,” CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted.

“Pres and Mrs Trump stop for a moment of silent reflection at that part of the World War II Memorial inscribed with the words: ‘Here We Mark The Price of Freedom,’ and a wall covered in 4,048 stars, one for each 100 Americans who lost their lives in that conflict,” Knoller tweeted.

The U.S. Department of Defense also shared a 22-minute tribute to World War II veterans, featuring compiled footage of U.S. forces fighting through the war, along with remarks from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other defense officials.

“WATCH NOW: “The Great Crusade” Victory in Europe 75th Anniversary video tribute,” the DoD tweet reads.

During one part of the ceremony, several active duty service members express thanks to the World War II generation for inspiring them to serve.

The U.S. Navy also commemorated the day, sharing photos of celebrations from the day of Germany’s surrender.

Today we celebrate a hard-won homecoming and honor all the Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers, and Allies that helped defeat our enemies across the Atlantic and ultimately end #WWII in Europe. #VEDay75,” the Navy tweeted.

The U.S. Air Force also tweeted pictures of celebrations from VE Day 1945.

“Named Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945 represented the first chance of hope for a peaceful world after years of struggling against totalitarian regimes,” the Air Force tweeted. “While fighting in the Pacific would continue for almost four more months, V-E Day marked the end of #WWII in Europe.#WWII75

The U.S. Marine Corps also shared an image from the original VE Day celebrations.

As the world marks #VEDay75, the Marine Corps honors the service and sacrifice of those who fought to end World War II in Europe,” the Marines tweeted.

The U.S. Army shared video from the World War II Memorial Twitter account, which is commemorating stories of veterans throughout the day.

Friends of the @WWIIMemorial reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Allied forces victory in the Atlantic and the end of World War II in Europe 75 years ago. #WWII #WWII75 #VEDAY #VEDAY75 #GreatestGeneration #WeRememberThem,” the Army tweeted.