Today is May 8. Consistently, May 8 and 9 are seen as days to recall and pay tributes to the victims of the Second World War. The United Nations General Assembly, by a determination passed on November 22, 2004, proclaimed the all-inclusive event even while perceiving the way that its part states may have diverse days marking victory, freedom and remembrance.
It welcomed every one of its individuals, associations of the UN and in addition the non-administrative associations and people to watch both of the days or both as events committed to the casualties of the staggering war which was battled in the vicinity of 1939 and 1945.
It was on May 8, 1945, when the Allied Powers accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, marking an end to the great war. It is also referred to as Victory in Europe Day.
The formal surrender of the German troops occupying the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy in northern France took place by May 9. Between 50 and 85 million lives were lost in what is known as the deadliest conflict in the history of mankind.
The General Assembly of the UN, which came into being replacing the League of Nations after the war ended, said the historic occasion created conditions for the creation of the world body that strives for international cooperation and peace.
The Assembly invited the member states to join hands to deal with new threats with the UN playing a central role and make efforts to settle disputes through peaceful means and in conformity with the UN Charter and in a way that doesn’t threaten international peace and security.
Several European countries observe May 8 as a holiday to remember the happy yet gloomy occasion. Russia and a number East European country and the Central Asian Republics observe May 9 as holiday in commemoration of Victory Day.
Russia or the Soviet Union had lost over 20 million people in the war, becoming one of the biggest victims of the Axis Powers’ atrocities.