Lest we forget

EVENTS are being held across Europe to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two on the European continent.

It was on May 8, 1945 that Allied forces accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, marking the end of the war in Europe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry joined French President Francois Hollande and other dignitaries for the commemoration at Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, and the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where President Hollande said that VE Day was a “victory of an ideal over a totalitarian ideology.”

A remembrance service is being held at the Cenotaph in London, leading to 200 beacons being lit across the country.

Poland saw the first shots of the war in the port of Gadansk, and fittingly, the first event in memory of the end of the war, where the commemoration was marked with a 21-gun salute on the stroke of midnight.

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