Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served as the top allied commander in Europe during World War II, is set to lead a commemoration Thursday marking the 69th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.
The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the World War II Memorial on the Mall. It is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.
Susan Eisenhower is scheduled to read her grandfather’s famous May 8, 1945, Victory Order of the Day.
“Men and women of the Allied Expeditionary Force,” it begins, “the crusade on which we embarked in the early summer of 1944 has reached its glorious conclusion. . . . Full victory in Europe has been attained.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the son of a B-17 navigator, is scheduled to speak to an audience of VIPs and World War II veterans.
May 8, 1945, known as V-E Day, marks the defeat of the forces of Nazi Germany and the official end of World War II in Europe. The war against Japan ended four months later.