Joy, Joy, Joy

V-E Day in France

"Just everybody was happy and singing."

“V-E Day was the day that Germany signed the armistice. I was in Reims, France. Reims, France was right next door to Lucky Strike and I was in Reims that day, that night when the armistice was signed and bedlam, bedlam. Edna was in London when the bombing stopped over there and they had bedlam over there too… Everybody was out in the streets. They were walking up and down the streets and fireworks were going up and just everybody was happy and singing and happy and loved everybody. That’s really what it was. Joy, joy, joy.” 

Editor’s Note: Following V-E Day, Hicks boarded a ship for the United States where he would be reunited with his family.