Timeless images of relief and joy
It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the party. At the front, “men pinch themselves and feel they’re still alive,” CBC war correspondent Matthew Halton reports. In Halifax, a symphony of ships’ horns and whistles begins celebrations that travel like a wave overland to the West Coast, where air-raid sirens summon still-sleeping Vancouverites to join in the jubilation. Forgotten for the moment are the black armbands and the grim task ahead with Japan.
Today—May 8, 1945—our part of the world is free.