Monday, May 09, 2005

Lest I be remiss

The German surrender that ended World War II in Europe came on May 7, 1945. Most of the Western world observes V-E Day on May 8. Russia commemorates the event on May 9, and President Bush was in Moscow today to attend a ceremony recognizing the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism.

Because the war ended before most of today's Americans were born, it can be tough for many to comprehend just how much carnage it wrought worldwide. Up to 68 million people died during World War II, including more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives fighting in what many have called "the last good war." As Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said Sunday, "Our debt of gratitude is too great to express in words. They gave us the most precious gift -- freedom."

Thank you to every Allied soldier who served in World War II, and thank you to the U.S. soldiers who continue to put their lives on the line in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere around the world.

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