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Merkel, Steinmeier Attend Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Mark 75th Anniversary of WWII End - Video

© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberA Russian soldier grads at the Soviet War memorial at the boulevard 'Strasse des 17. Juni' during commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory Day and the end of WWII in Europe in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 8, 2020
A Russian soldier grads at the Soviet War memorial at the boulevard 'Strasse des 17. Juni' during commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory Day and the end of WWII in Europe in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 8, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Europe is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, though because of the raging coronavirus pandemic countries have downsized parades and commemorative events.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier are laying wreaths inside the Neue Wache memorial in Berlin Friday to honour the victims of war as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Unlike elsewhere on the continent, where 8 May is celebrated annually as Victory in Europe Day, the anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender to the Allies has always been just another work day in Germany.

This year, however, Berlin has decided to declare 8 May as a one-off public holiday. 

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