Certainly an anniversary that needs to be honored every year. VE and VJ Day were two very significant days in world history. VE Day stands for Victory Europe when the war in Germany came to an end on May 5th 1945. WWII affected millions of lives and when the conflict ended life didn’t just resume as normal. It took time. Time to remember.
Three years ago I had the great fortune to be at the 70th Anniversary of VE Day as part of the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington DC. Over thirty thousand people attended the ceremony and over 800 veterans were present at the Reflection Pond. Every head was looking up as the 52 aircraft flew overhead in honor of the different services that participated throughout the war.
You can see what happened through the eyes of the Texas Flying Legends Museum and their fleet of aircraft as they flew over the memorial here.
Today we honor all those that have fought for our country. This country was not founded in a day. It took time to build it and to keep it going takes the strength of those willing to fight for it. While it is a holiday for some be sure if you see a veteran of any war or conflict to say thanks to them.
This was two years ago in Washington D.C at the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Over 800 veterans came out in attendance of that flyover.
Today is a day to honor the many sacrifices that were made many years ago. Seventy Two years ago, May 8th 1945 was declared VE Day, Victory Europe. The end of WWII in Europe had begun with the German surrender and while the war continued on in the Pacific and peace was not entirely secured yet in Europe, the end was in sight. Today is an important day to remember that hard fought victory.
WWII changed the lives for everyone. It was the second time in the same century that the world was engaged in conflict and sadly it was not the last time that nations were fighting each other. Kids and adults had to fight to secure peace. It was not an easy victory, it took time and many lives. As we go through these uncertain times now, let us not forget the past and most certainly not repeat it.
Two years ago, I had the privilege to document the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover, in which 52 aircraft flew over the nation’s capitol in honor of the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Over 800 veterans and 30,000 people were in attendance at the national mall. The Texas Flying Legends Museum brought eight aircraft in support of the flyover. This is what it was like for them.
There are many important dates in history that should be remembered and sadly not all of them do. May 8th, 1945 known as Victory Europe or VE Day, when the official surrender of Germany ended the European War in WWII is an important one. This past May marked the 70th anniversary of that date and I was very fortunate to be Washington D.C. for the Anniversary Flyover of our nations capitol. Fifty two aircraft flew over the National Mall honoring all those that fought for our freedom.
The official AoD video shows what it was like that week and continues to honor those that helped make this country great. Many people and groups came together for this once in a lifetime flyover. I was privileged to be working with one of those groups, the Texas Flying Legends Museum, who put up seven aircraft for the flyover. I was even more privileged to be able to spend that week with my parents who were at the memorial with me and then compose everything together in the official AoD Flyover Book. This event was one of the greatest examples of unity in honoring our nations veterans. I can only hope that more will come in the future.