09 May, 2006

Happy Victory Day!

As some of you may know, this is the anniversary of the day Nazi Germany surrendered to the Red Army. V-E day, May 8, is the day celebrated (sort of) in the U.S., which was when people first learned that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally (which happened the previous day, May 7) and rushed pell-mell into the streets, kissing and such. But since the Russians are basically responsible for defeating the Nazis*, it's probably more appropriate to follow their lead and celebrate on May 9. My boss, who is Russian, tells me he might be on the phone for a good portion of the day, as this is still a major holiday there, and it is customary to call up veterans to wish them well.

* By which token we should consider the Normandy invasion in 1944 one of the first salvos in the Cold War.

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