On 8 May 1945, President Harry Truman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill jointly declared Victory in Europe Day. The Soviet Union followed suit on 9 May.
World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world. On this 59th anniversary of V-E Day, the people of the United States remember with grateful pride the men and the women of the Allied Powers whose sacrifices made the victory possible. We especially honor the 405,399 American war dead, whose efforts made possible the continued freedoms we enjoy and continue to fight to protect even today.