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.