The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War is an annual event marked on two days in May- May 8 and May 9. It begins on May 8, the anniversary of the date when the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. The International Day of Remembrance was established by resolution 59/26 of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on November 22, 2004. The resolution urges 'Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and individuals' to pay tribute to the victims of World War II. How Cologne's Jewish Community Rebuilt After World War II.


On March 2, 2010, the UNGA invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe 8-9 May in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War by resolution 64/257. A special meeting of the General Assembly in commemoration of all victims of the war was held in the second week of May 2010, marking the sixty-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

In resolution 69/267, the General Assembly recalled that the Second World War brought sorrow to humankind, particularly in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and other parts of the world. It underlined the progress made since the end of the Second World War in overcoming its legacy and promoting reconciliation, international and regional cooperation and democratic values, human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular through the United Nations, and the establishment of regional and subregional organizations and other appropriate frameworks. Italy Honours Indian Army’s Contribution in World War II.


The Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation serves as an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on the sacrifices made during World War II and remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy. The day calls for collective efforts to reaffirm commitment to peace, and preventing such catastrophic conflicts in the future. On this day, various events and activities are organised around the world like wreath-laying ceremonies, educational programs, exhibitions, and discussions about the significance of World War II and its enduring impact on the world.

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