VE Day, 70 Years later
May 4, 2015 § 9 Comments
This week the world is remembering VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe (May 7th and 8th, 1945). My father was in that war serving with the Second Canadian Echelon. In the first photo shown here he appears as the third man from the right, half crouching down in the second row. The Arc de Triomphe is in the background.
My father met his wife to be, my mother, in Belgium near the end of the war on Christmas Eve 1944. I recently came across some documents that he kept from that time. Although specific to my family, I present these as evidence of the everyday lives of the people who fought in that war.
This above image and the next two are of my father’s pay book that he had to keep on him at all times.
Note in the next image that the maximum credit given was $36.23. That our soldiers would risk their lives for so little pay is a testament to their belief in freedom.
The next image is my father’s “Permission To Marry” slip, something many soldiers needed as there were many “war brides” that came out of the second world war.
Having received this slip my father also needed the necessary travel documentation that he received three months later.
I’ll wrap this up with a photo of my mother and father on their wedding day.