Marking the end of war in Europe with the signing of the Act of Unconditional Surrender.

The Second World War ended on 8 May 1945, when representatives of Nazi Germany signed the act of unconditional surrender. The day was celebrated as VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, bringing an end to almost six years of war.

President of Ireland Mary Robinson was one of 55 heads of state who attended the 50th anniversary of VE Day in Paris. They were celebrating not only the defeat of Hitler but the reconciliation among former enemies. The Chancellor of Germany joined the President of France on the reviewing stand. The tribute to victims of the Second World War was led by French President Francois Mitterand, hosting the last major event of his 14 year presidency.

An occasion rich in symbolism... This was a superb spectacle.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 May 1995. The reporters are Eamonn Lawlor and Tommie Gorman.