Wallis and Futuna is an overseas collectivity of France, and they follow the same holidays as France itself for the most part. This includes celebrating Victory Day on 8 May.
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Victory Day, or V-E Day, celebrates the victory of the Allied nations over the Axis powers at the end of World War II. Victory in Europe came when Germany officially agreed to unconditional surrender to the Allies on 8 May, 1945.
Although the Second World War did not lead to Wallis and Futuna being invaded by the Japanese, it did lead to their control by Vichy France for a time. A Free French warship liberated the islands from Vichy control on 26 May, 1942, and a Marine detachment from the USA backed them up on 29 May that same year. Almost all parts of the globe were affected by World War II in a big way, and Wallis and Futuna is no exception.
For Victory Day, many get out of work and relax for a day or for a weekend. There may be local parades, fireworks, time spent at the beach, family feasts, and other events. Some may also visit war memorials on this day to honour the memory of those who fought and died for freedom during World War II.
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