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75th Anniversary of VE Day – The end of the War in Europe

A crowd gathered outside Parliament Buildings in Wellington to celebrate VE Day 1945

Crowd at the official VE celebrations, Wellington, 9 May 1945. Photo: John Dobree Pascoe. Collection: Alexander Turnbull Library Ref: 1/4-001527-F

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. VE (Victory in Europe) Day signalled the end of almost six terrible years of fighting between the Allies and Nazi Germany. While war would continue in the Pacific though to August of 1945, VE Day gave welcome pause for celebration and thanksgiving.

Read about VE Day on NZHistory

VE Day anniversary video messages

VE Day message from Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. View on YouTube.

VE Day message from Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand. View on YouTube.

75th Anniversary National Commemoration

A National Service was scheduled to mark VE Day at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 8 May. Regrettably, this service is no longer possible due to restrictions in place in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

This important anniversary will still remain top of mind for many across Aotearoa and the world. Manatū Taonga and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will share stories reflecting on this historic milestone on their social media channels, we encourage you to join us. Follow Manatū Taonga on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Facebook and Instagram.

commemoration acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in New Zealand is scheduled for 15 August, the date on which Japan surrendered, marking the end of the war in the Pacific.


Updated on 8th May 2020