Memorial Day Program
May 30, 2005
Dedicated to the
End of Hostilities
- World War II -
Sept. 2, 1945
World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the world's nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing approximately 55.5 million lives. The war was fought mainly between an alliance of the British Commonwealth, France, the United States, the Soviet Union, and China�collectively known as the Allies; and the Axis Powers, an alliance between Germany, Italy, and Japan. Most of the fighting occurred in the European theatre in and around Europe, and in the Pacific theatre in the Pacific and East Asia. The German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 is the most common date in the West for the start of World War II. Others cite the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 as the war's beginning, or even the 1931 Japanese incursion into Manchuria. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945, but continued in Asia and the Pacific until September 2, 1945, when Japan surrendered.
To the millions who lost their lives...you will never be forgotten.
Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association Officers
President � Donald J. Sleeman
Vice President � Kimberly S. Toth
Secretary/Treasurer � Tricia L. Dieringer