Presidential Papers, May 2015

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Author: Barack H. Obama

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Statement on the 70th Anniversary of V–E Day

May 8, 2015

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II. After more than 5 years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including 6 million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces of freedom triumphed over oppression in Europe. The war was not yet won; it would be 3 more months of fighting in the Pacific. But V–E Day represented, at long last, a hope for peace.

Today we salute the more than 16 million Americans who left everything they knew—their families, their homes—to serve in World War II and then came home to help build the America we know today. We honor the memory of the more than 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live free. We rededicate ourselves—on this day and every day—to the freedoms for which they fought and to the American Dream for which they died. We stand with our allies, in Europe and around the world, in defending the liberty and human rights of all people. And we honor our brave men and women in uniform and their families who continue to defend the freedom that was won 70 years ago today.

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Statement on the 70th Anniversary of V–E Day," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015] in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015] (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, May 5, 2015), Original Sources, accessed August 14, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KJA2ERY3AY27P3.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Statement on the 70th Anniversary of V–E Day." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015], in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015], Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, May 5, 2015, Original Sources. 14 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KJA2ERY3AY27P3.

Harvard: Obama, BH, 'Statement on the 70th Anniversary of V–E Day' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015]. cited in May 5, 2015, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for May 2015], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 14 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KJA2ERY3AY27P3.