VE Day celebrated in Fairbanks with help of Russian Embassy

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A small group of people gathered Friday at the WWII memorial in downtown Fairbanks to commemorate the 75th anniversary of 'Victory in Europe Day.' VE Day, as it is known, signifies the surrender of Nazi Germany during World War 2.

Members of the Russian Community placed flowers and a wreath at the WW2 memorial downtown. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. sent a wreath to place at the statue, and members of the Russian cultural center in Alaska gathered to pay their respects.

The memorial celebrates the work between Russian and American forces to deliver supplies across the Bering Straight during World War II.

"[The] 75th year anniversary is a very big deal for all of us, for Soviet people, for Russian people and for American people too because we have been together," said Anna Vernaya, Director of the Russian Culture Center in Alaska.

She went on to say that the event was a way to say thank you. She said they had different plans, but because of the COVID-19 virus they weren’t able to follow them.

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