Victory in Europe (VE) Day was the official end of the fighting in Europe in the Second World War. It was celebrated on May 8, 1945 after Germany’s unconditional surrender. This virtual exhibit pays tribute to the men and women from the Okotoks district who helped liberate Europe – including those on the front lines, those who remained on the home front and especially those who gave their lives in the fight for peace.
This exhibit takes a look at the final days leading up to the victory in Europe as well as how Okotoks celebrated VE Day. It also features remarkable stories of strength, hope, selflessness and courage displayed by Okotoks residents throughout the war. These stories are included in ‘Stories from the Frontlines’ and ‘Stories from the Home Front.’ There are so many stories to tell. We will be adding new stories weekly to this virtual exhibit between May 8, 2020 (the 75th anniversary of VE Day) and Aug. 15, 2020 (the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – Victory over Japan).