American History in Photos

UNOFFICIAL … BUT ENTHUSIASTIC – CHICAGO, ILL … This little ocean of American flags seemed to spring from nowhere when Father Gallagher told his pupils at St. Columbkille school in Chicago that the war in Europe was over and that the long-awaited V-E Day was here. Similar scenes prevailed in many big cities when the unofficial announcement of Germany’s unconditional surrender hit the headlines. Lack of confirmation from official sources failed to dampen the enthusiasm. 5/7/45