Hope for a Lasting Peace: The End of World War II

Portion of proclamation

Governor Snell expressed the relief and hope that Oregonians shared at the final defeat of Hitler and Nazi Germany. On May 8, 1945 he proclaimed Victory in Europe Day, otherwise known as "V.E. Day." This proclamation called for a period of "prayerful thanksgiving and determined rededication" to peace.

The final allied victory of World War II was secured a few months later with the defeat of Japan. On August 14, 1945 Governor Snell proclaimed August 15 and 16 as Victory Days, on the announcement of final victory for the Allies, and ordered all public buildings, state stores and agencies closed. His proclamation expressed hope for a lasting peace throughout the world and welcomed returning veterans.

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