8 May: Commemorate your Second World War hero! In the company of Selah Sue…

The War Heritage Institute and its partners commemorate the 75th anniversary of this particular day through #wewillmeetagain. Participate and commemorate your hero!

Christophe Deborsu launches the campaign for French-speaking people. (video)
Arnout Houben launches the campaign for Dutch-speaking people. (video)
Christophe and Arnaut share family history while lighting a candle. (video)

 

We’ll Meet Again, in the company of Selah Sue.

As from now, we are looking forward to receiving the picture and the story of someone who experienced the Second World War and who is important to you on the War Heritage Institute’s Facebook page with #wewillmeetagain. A member of your family who served or was deported, a resistance hero from your city or a historical figure you want to remember.

A national remembrance moment will be held on 8 May at 11:01 p.m. Place a picture of your hero in a cosy spot of your house or garden, or even on your balcony. Light a candle and take a moment to remember. Read a text, play some music. Post a picture or film of your remembrance moment on the War Heritage Institute’s Facebook page with hashtag #wewillmeetagain.

Christophe Deborsu and Arnout Hauben launch the campaign and on 8 May singer Selah Sue will share her remembrance moment with us at 11:01 p.m. Witness this touching event on the War Heritage Institute’s Facebook page.

Event page Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/551307185585629/

 

National commemoration for the end of the Second World War on 8 May

For the past year, the War Heritage Institute and its numerous partners invested in “75 Years of Liberation” and tried to highlight what it means to live in peace for 75 years. Large ceremonies were to be held all over the country on 8 May, but everything was, of course, cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic. The necessary restriction of our freedom in these trying times highlights the importance of freedom. And we also have to realize what it means to spend time with our loved ones, now we are temporarily separated… or have lost them for good.

It, therefore, is very important to take a moment on 8 May and to reflect upon the end of the Second World War. The War Heritage Institute does so through a national remembrance moment and Dame Vera Lynn’s famous “We’ll meet Again”, a song symbolizing hope and comfort in the dark years of war. We will meet again and everything will be alright, “some sunny day”. Selah Sue participates and brings this legendary song live, for us all.

We count on your contribution!

 

8 May 1945

The Allies refuse all German propositions and demand unconditional capitulation. On 7 May 1945 General Jodl from Germany signs the surrender in Reims (France). The agreement becomes effective the next day. The war, therefore, comes to an end on 8 May; weapons fall silent at 11:01 p.m.

However, Stalin demands a second capitulation under Soviet control in Berlin. The accord is signed in the night of May 8 to 9, 1945.

In the Far East, the war with the Japanese continues. The Second World War eventually claims 60 million lives, 90,000 of which in Belgium.

 

Christophe Deborsu launches the campaign for French-speaking people:

 

Arnout Houben (Ten Oorlog – VRT /één) launches the campaign for Dutch-speaking people:

 

Christophe and Arnaut share family history while lighting a candle: