What is the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War?

Introduction

The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (08 May and 09 May) is an annual international day of remembrance designated by Resolution 59/26 of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 November 2004.

Background

The resolution urges ‘Member States, organisations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organisations and individuals’ to pay tribute to the victims of World War II.

It begins on 08 May, the anniversary of the date when the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

In Ukraine (since 2015), 08 May is designated as a day of remembrance and reconciliation, but it is not a public holiday.

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