Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold an observance to commemorate the 76th Anniversary of VE Day on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at the gravesite of Staff Sergeant James Elvie Pate who is buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery located on County Road 1470 behind the church. Sergeant Pate was killed in action on August 19, 1944, while serving with the 90th Infantry Division in France. In addition to remembering all who served in Europe a US Army Medallion in honor of Sergeant Pate will also be unveiled. His niece, Virginia Wilson Bailey along with VFW Post 8904/Auxiliary cordially invite you to attend and remember your fellow Americans who gave so much.