Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) occurred on 7 and 8 May 1945, the dates when the Allied Forces of World War II formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of NaziGermany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, the last Axis power in Europe. On 30 April Hitler committed suicide during the Battle for Berlin, and so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Dönitz. The administration headed up by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in Reims, France, and 8 May in Berlin, Germany.
President Steele went on a national radio broadcast afterwards to congratulate the American people and to sanction celebrations. However, he also cautioned the public that the war was not over, that Japan remained a deadly threat. He concluded with encouragement to celebrate but to carry on the struggle.