MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ethel Bovey remembers her husband, Max, as a news junkie.
"My husband just lived and breathed the news," she recalled this week.
And so it was no surprise that they were at their Martinsburg home and listening to the radio on May 8, 1945, when they heard the official news that the Nazis had surrendered to the Allies.
"Oh, what a joy that was there's no way to express it except we were very happy about it and relieved," said Bovey, 89.
"Everybody was excited about it and talking about it excited and relieved. And then waiting for everybody to get home."
But the family didn't do anything special to celebrate that she could remember.
And maybe there was a good reason for that.
Max was serving the war effort by building planes at Fairchild in Hagerstown, but three of his brothers had left for the war theaters in Europe and the Pacific. Two already had been discharged and come home.