Commemorating World War II

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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.



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DOD is participating in World War II Commemoration events around the world, including V-E Day May 8. Request DOD support for your event or download the V-E Day Event Toolkit using the buttons below.

Swipe through the dates below:

Timeline of Major WWII Events

Feb. 3, 1945

Battle of Manila

Feb. 19, 1945

Battle of Iwo Jima

March 24, 1945

Operation Varsity

April 1, 1945

Ruhr Pocket

April 1, 1945

Battle of Okinawa

April 6, 1945

Operation Grapeshot

April 11, 1945

U.S. Troops Liberate Buchenwald

May 8, 1945

V-E Day

Sept. 2, 1945

V-J Day


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