On April 30, 1945, Hitler committed suicide. Five days later, German forces in North-West Europe surrendered. Victory in Europe, or VE Day was officially celebrated on May 8th.
In Germany, where the Canadian Army fought right to the last day, soldiers were too relieved to celebrate very much. In Paris and London, Canadians joined people in the streets in an outpouring of emotion. Many Canadian cities and towns held religious services of thanksgiving.