Gen. Dwight Eisenhower celebrates the end of World War II in Europe by holding the pens used to sign the surrender document. (Public domain, National Archives)
By George Morris
May 8, 1945. A historic day. An exciting day. An unforgettable day.
In New York, a quarter-million people jammed Times Square. In thousands of towns, smaller celebrations erupted.
In England, hundreds of strangers packed a church as an American soldier took a British bride.
In Austria, women fired artillery at U.S. Army soldiers — and danced with them that night.
On a Pacific island, grim-faced faced Marines just hoped they’d live long enough to celebrate, too.
A joyous day. A prayerful day. A glorious day.