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Associated Press, Published May 08 2010

MN ceremony marks anniversary of end of WWII in Europe

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- World War II in Europe ended 65 years ago Saturday.

A group dedicated to preserving the war's history is marking VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, with a ceremony at the Minnesota World War II Memorial on the state Capitol grounds.

More than 326,000 Minnesotans served in World War II, and more than 6,000 died.

Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, the commander of the Minnesota National Guard's ``Red Bulls,' will read a proclamation from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and a wreath will be laid to mark the occasion. The event is hosted by the Minnesota World War II History Roundtable.

Nazi Germany surrendered to Allied forces on May 8, 1945.