Today is May 8; on this date in 1945 the unconditional surrender of all remaining German forces went into effect. Still celebrated in many countries as a national holiday, it is a date we must never forget.
It is a day to remember the millions of victims the Nazi tyranny claimed, the millions of civilians who died in the war to destroy Hitler’s Reich, and the millions who laid down their lives to ensure that the world did not, as Churchill warned, “sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.”
I am traveling to St. Petersburg later this month, the scene of one of the greatest and most cruel battles in that most terrible of wars. I will also be visiting Berlin, where I will be attending meetings only a few yards away from the courtyard where Hitler’s body was burned.
We must never forget the horrors of that war, the foolishness and cowardice that allowed Hitler to achieve such military strength, or the courage and sacrifice that finally brought him down.