War in Europe comes to an end 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.
Ireland's President Mary Robinson was one of 55 heads of state who attended the 50th anniversary of VE Day in Paris in 1995. They were celebrating not only the defeat of Hitler but the reconciliation among former enemies as 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. The event is described by Tommie Gorman as
An occasion rich in symbolism... This was a superb spectacle.
Eamonn Lawlor introduces this report by Tommie Gorman, broadcast on 8 May 1995.