By Major General Perry Smith
The Augusta Chronicle
This week America, much of Europe, and members of the commonwealth of nations will quietly celebrate the 65th anniversary of VE Day. That was the day -- May 5, 1945 -- when the war in Europe was over. The war in Europe had lasted almost six years, and not even counting the war with Japan, this war had cost more than 50 million lives. As far as the disruption of humanity throughout all of world history, only the Black Death of the 14th century comes close.