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Fifty years ago today, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower looked for the words that would tell the world the killing in Europe had stopped. He announced this most epic of moments with the most understated of proclamations.

"The mission of this Allied force was fulfilled at 0241 local time, May 7, 1945," the supreme commander announced. The war in Europe was over.

Today, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the German surrender on May 7, 1945, and of V-E Day on Monday, The Buffalo News is publishing a special section on the end of the war in Europe.

You will find stories on the exact moment of surrender and the recollections of Western New York men who fought in the bloody battles leading to Berlin. You also will see how The Buffalo Evening News reported the end of the war 50 years ago today. That and much more is in the special tabloid section inside today's News.

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