Tuesday, May 8, 2012

VE Day

VE Day - May 8, 1945

Today marks the 67th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day). The news of Germany's surrender rapidly spread across the country and many towns and cities erupted in celebration.

In PoW camps across the country, the news was taken differently depending on the nature of the camp. In larger camps like Medicine Hat, the prisoners were assembled and the camp commander or spokesman read the news to the somber crowd. While many of the prisoners would have been happy to hear the news, positive reactions may have had severe consequences from those who did not feel the same way.

While I have no record of how the news was received in Riding Mountain, Mafeking, or Pine Falls, I'm sure that many of the prisoners shared a common thought: they were one step closer to going home...

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