Friday, May 08, 2020

V-E Day, 75th Anniversary. (NPR)

My dad helped America achieve this victory, which ended fascism in Europe.  He was with the 82nd Airborne Divn. 505th P.I.R., F. Co. and had combat jumps in North Africa, Sicily and Normandy,  Three Bronze Stars.  South Jersey Chapter of the 82nd ABN. DIVN. ASSN. Inc. is named for him, the "Edward A. Slavin Chapter."

From NPR:

V-E Day: Europe Celebrates A Subdued 75th Anniversary During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Updated at 5:02 p.m. ET
It was supposed to be a day of parades, a vast party that would transcend borders and bring generations together, not unlike the spontaneous euphoria that swept through victorious European allies when Nazi Germany finally surrendered.
But instead of a mega-event, leaders in London, Paris, Moscow and other capitals, observed the 75th anniversary of V-E Day at a diminished level Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
French President Emmanuel Macron led a small ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, looking out over an empty Champs-Élysées.
A 93-year-old veteran of World War II observes a moment of silence at the Cenotaph war memorial in London, where British residents — like much of Europe — marked a subdued 75th anniversary of V-E Day.
Because of health risks the disease poses to older people, many veterans of the war were forced to avoid travel and keep their distance at public gatherings.
"The veterans are of course getting older every year and this is probably one of the last great anniversaries that could have taken place with their presence," as FRANCE 24's James André reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had hoped to invite President Trump and other world leaders to attend a splashy commemoration in Moscow. Instead, he spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone, discussing how their countries had overcome the Nazis in 1945 — and how the international community is fighting the coronavirus today.

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