8 in HIGH x 13 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 33.02 cm WIDE)
Oakland Tribune Collection, Oakland Museum of California, gift of ANG Newspapers

Ten thousand sailors, WAVES, Marines and civilian workers stand bare headed on Treasure Island as Capt. Henry Grady Gatlin, chaplin, prays for early vistory and an end to the fighting in the Pacific. The Navy men and women gathered at the west end of the island yesterday to observe V-E Day and hear Commodore R.W. Cary ask them "on this day of rejoicing resolutely to turn our thoughts and energies westward and dedicate ourselves to staying the fight- all out to the finish." They said "Amen."

The photograph shows men and women soldiers in formation, with their heads bowed, on Treasure Island.

From Wilkipedia November 2005:Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) was May 8, 1945, the date when the Allies during the Second World War formally celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.On that date, massive celebrations took place, notably in London, where over a million people celebrated in a carnival atmosphere the end of the European war, though rationing of food and clothing was to continue for a number of years. In London crowds massed in particular in Trafalgar Square and up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace to cheering crowds. Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret were allowed to wander anonymously among the crowds and take part in the celebrations in London.In the United States, President Harry Truman, who celebrated his 61st birthday that day, dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, because he had been so committed to ending the war. Roosevelt had died less than a month earlier, on April 12.The Allies had agreed to mark May 9, 1945 as V-E day, but western journalists broke the news of Germany's surrender prematurely, precipitating the earlier celebration. The Soviet Union kept to the agreed date, and Russia and other countries still commemorate the end of the Second World War, significant part of which is known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union, as Victory Day on May 9.By 8 May 1945, most of Germany had already been taken by allied forces. Hence V-E day itself was not such a drastic change for most German civilians. In the years after, V-E day was predominantly perceived as the day of defeat. But over the decades, this perception changed, culminating in the speech by West German President Richard von Weizs_cker on the 40th anniversary of V-E day in 1985, in which he called 8 May "the day of liberation" from the Nazi government.

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