Stories sought for end-of-war feature

May 8 marks 70th anniversary of V-E Day

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?

If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.

World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

To coincide with this historic event, C & G Newspapers has planned special coverage to explore what the end of the war meant to the men and women who fought it, to those who came to the United States during or after the war from countries torn by tyranny and violence, and to those who supported the war effort on the homefront by keeping America working and producing.

Some fought in foreign lands and returned to raise families. Some grieved for loved ones who didn’t come back. Some returned to build homes or start a business. Some came here for the first time looking for a new start in the Detroit area’s growing suburban communities.

It was the end of the war and the beginning of so much else: the baby boom, the Cold War, the Atomic Age.

We want to share those stories during the week of April 29. The deadline for submissions is April 13.

If you or a loved one has a story to share about the end of World War II and the years immediately after, call Staff Writer Brian Louwers at (586) 498-1089 or email