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

The United Nations (UN) has a two-day global observance that occurs on May 8 and 9 each year. It is known as the “Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War”.

National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC

Many memorials are dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives during World War II.

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What Do People Do?

This two-day observance gives people, non-government organizations, and governments the chance to remember people who died during World War II. The dates for this observance are marked in calendars and noted in organizations throughout the world. Articles about remembering World War II victims may be published in magazines, newspaper, or online during this time of the year.

Some organizations, including embassies, may have special wreath laying ceremonies at cemeteries or memorials to remember World War II soldiers who died fighting for their country, as well as Holocaust victims and those who died in concentration camps.

Public Life

The UN’s Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War is not a public holiday.

Background

The UN General Assembly noted in November 2004 that 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The assembly held a special meeting to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II during the second week of May in 2005. The meeting gave participants a chance to commemorate the sacrifices that people made during the war.

The UN also declared May 8 and 9 as a time of remembrance and reconciliation, to be observed annually worldwide on either day or both days. These dates serve as a tribute to all those who died during World War II. This observance is not to be confused with the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

Symbols

The UN emblem may be found in material promoting the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War. The emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.

Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War II Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2016SunMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2017MonMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2018TueMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2019WedMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2020FriMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2021SatMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2022SunMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2023MonMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2024WedMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance
2025ThuMay 8Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War IIUnited Nations observance

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