Tens of millions of dead in WWII remembered at UN

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Sam Kutesa (left), President of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plant the tree of peace and unity. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The tens of millions of people who died during the Second World War have been remembered at the United Nations.

A tree-planting ceremony was held at UN Headquarters on Tuesday to mark the ending of the war.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The end of the Second World War, 70 years ago, provided the impetus for the establishment of the United Nations.

The UN Charter identifies saving "succeeding generations from the scourge of war" as its first goal.

Planting a tree to remember the victims of the worldwide conflict, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon had this to say.

"The soil at that time ran deep with blood – the blood of the brave soldiers of many nations who died fighting fascism, and of the millions of victims of the Holocaust and the other crimes of the Second World War. I am thinking of, again, tens of millions of civilians who had died without knowing why they had to die."

Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to rededicate itself to the founding aims and ideals of the United Nations.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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