RSL VICTORY IN EUROPE REMEMBRANCE SERVICE AT THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE
The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the ODD BODS Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Monday 8th May 2017 to commemorate the World War 2 Victory in Europe.
On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8–9 May 1945. The following day, 8 May, was declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day, but in Australia, celebration was tempered with the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won.
Australians serving overseas joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European prison camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to returning home. While in the major Australian cities there were similar outbursts of rejoicing, overall, the mood across the country was sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services, and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
The Service marks the RSL’s recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who have lost relatives and loved ones during that war.
Students from schools are expected to attend.