Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association

A wreath laying to commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe.

08 May 2021 11:00 am - 08 May 2021 12:00 pm
Second World War Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Free admission
Accessible venue
Child friendly

This State Remembrance Service commemorates the end of the Second World War in Europe. It is held by the Returned and Services League together with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association, and all are welcome to join. 

On 7 May 1945, the German High Command authorised the signing of unconditional surrender on all fronts, bringing the war in Europe to an end. The surrender took effect at midnight on 8-9 May, and 8 May was declared as Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day.

Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations. Australian sailors and aircrew began to return home, and Australians in European prisoner of war camps were liberated. But with the war in the Pacific still raging, the mood across the country remained sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services, and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

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Shrine Representative: Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright.

Reviewed 04 May 2021

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