The Defense Department pays tribute to all who served the nation during World War II and to the Allied countries whose service members fought side-by-side with America’s forces. DOD honors the troops who perished in the fight, were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war; the veterans who returned; and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom.
DOD is participating in World War II Commemoration events around the world. Click the button to request DOD support for your event.
Battle of Manila
Battle of Iwo Jima
Battle of Okinawa
U.S. Troops Liberate Buchenwald
V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, marks the end of World War II, one of the deadliest and most destructive wars in history.
On May 8, 1945 - known as V-E Day - celebrations erupted around the world to mark the end of World War II in Europe.