Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Birthday, by Yolanda Adele

Do you have any special memories of your birthday? Does the date of your day have any national or international significance? Here is Yolanda’s story of how her entry into the world coincided with New Hope for the future.

          When I was a child my mother told me that on the day I was born people everywhere were dancing and hugging, and singing in the streets. There was great excitement and relief.

It wasn’t until I was older that I learned that on my birthday, May 8, 1945, V-E Day was declared -- Victory in Europe, after Germany surrendered unconditionally, thus, bringing World War II to an end.

The legendary radio broadcaster Edward R. Murrow reported from London: “As you walk down the street you hear singing that comes from open windows; sometimes it’s a chorus, sometimes just a single voice raised in song…Many women are wearing flags in their hats; some are even draped in flags….London is celebrating today….The scars of war are all about.”

I’m glad to have been born on such a hopeful and joyous day.


  1. I think the celebration of your birth was more eventful. I'm imagining that this picture is filled with people cheering and singing, "Yolanda is born"...and oh, by the way...the war is over. YEAH!


  3. How wonderful that you see this day as auspicious - you have nurtured a beautiful family during your life.

  4. Yolanda, the world was cheering and you were born. I can only imagine the happiness people felt. Even though you didn't know it at the time you reaped the results of a society once again full of hope, joyous for what the future might bring. Had you been aware of the circumstances of that day you would have been one of the best cheerleaders, because you still are for others causes.

  5. That must have been very comforting as a mother to have your child born on a day when World War 2 was over and people were literally dancing and celebrating in the streets. This is a very neat way to grow up too, knowing you were born on a day where people were celebrating peace and freedom. Wow!