V-E Day Commemoration, 2014

Posted: May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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V-E Day, May 8, 1945: the men in a bar in Neubeckum, Germany,. Man in front on left with cigarette is Roger Rickon; man in center middle, face partially in shadow, is Frank Turner; man in back row, fifth from left below man standing, is Joe Sedlacek

V-E Day, May 8, 1945: the men in a bar in Neubeckum, Germany,. Man in front on left with cigarette is Roger Rickon; man directly behind Rickon on far left of photo is Stanley Carlson; man in center middle, face partially in shadow, is Frank Turner; man in back row, fifth from left below man standing, is Joe Sedlacek.. The man in the front row, far right, may be Curt Vosz.

Today is V-E Day, Victory in Europe Day, marking the joyful day in 1945 when the German government officially surrendered to the Allies and ended WWII in Europe. If you recall, we have a great photo, sent to us by two children of the men, of the 111th’s celebration in a bar in Neubeckum, Germany, where they were when they got word that their part of the war was over.

That day was also 111th soldier Roger Rickon’s 21st birthday. And today, Roger turns 90! Happy birthday, Roger. (See him at the far left, near the front, in the photo.)

Ed and I are now in France, slowly making our way to Wales  to attend the D-Day  commemoration in St. Dogmaels  in early June. Today we went to Monpazier, France, in the Dordogne region, to attend  a French V-E Day celebration. We thought about how happy the men must have been that day in Germany 69 years ago.

It is safe to say that we were the only Americans in attendance, and that we didn’t understand a word of the speeches made.

V-E Day ceremony, Monpazier, France, 2014

V-E Day ceremony, Monpazier, France, 2014

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  1. Tom Sedlacek says:

    Have fun and pass along our many thanks! Tom Sedlacek

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