V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, May 8. 1945, and Victory Day, May 9, 1945, mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe. May 8, 1945 was declared the official day of celebration in Canada, with the City of Toronto organizing concerts, parades, religious services, and fireworks in the parks. Since the Soviet Union was to the east of Germany, it was May 9th in Moscow when the German military surrender became effective, which is why Russia and most of the former Soviet republics commemorate Victory Day on May 9th.
2017 will mark the 4th year that the Second World War V-E Day and Victory Day ceremony is held in Nathan Phillips Square and the 7th year of the ceremony at Toronto City Hall. All members of the public are invited join World War II veterans, elected officials and representatives from the Allied countries as we pay tribute to the sacrifices and courage that ensured our freedom.
The ceremony is being held with the support of The City of Toronto, Jewish War Veterans of Canada, The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society, 29th Division Association HQ Post 29 and Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak.