World War II vets gather for flyover to commemorate Victory in Europe Day in Washington, D.C.

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WWII Planes Fly Over National Mall For VE Day

Washington went back in time Friday to commemorate Victory in Europe Day.

World War II era aircrafts flew over The National Mall in DC as part of the Capitol's VE Day celebrations.

Victory in Europe Day celebrates the date in 1945 when German troops finally laid down arms across the continent. The commemoration is observed in both the US and UK.

For the 70th anniversary of VE day, vintage bombers and fighters flew over the World War II Memorial in Washington. The flyover lasted about an hour and included the planes flying in several formations that were used in some of World War II's major battles.

CNN reports that one of the aircrafts had to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue. Everyone on board that plane is safe.

Check out the slideshow below to see photos from the event:
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World War II vets gather for flyover to commemorate Victory in Europe Day in Washington, D.C.
World War II vintage aircrafts flyover near the Washington Monument over Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945, and commemorate the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
People gather on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015, to watch Vintage military aircraft from World War II fly over the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
We are airborne. http://t.co/ncHuTyFVeo
So, uh, we're in pretty tight formation. (The wind warped the photo.) http://t.co/4TmRwCxrZA
Leaving town. http://t.co/uvUvn5Ixh3
And there we went. http://t.co/DHcwfTTnTB
Arlington, I believe. http://t.co/00jw2NLLyA
Nearing. http://t.co/TAlYQcgsgK
In formation. http://t.co/qKNXvKe7CP
The North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, fly the Doolittle Raid formation during a flyover over near the Washington Monument over Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015. The World War II vintage aircrafts were marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945, and commemorate the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies over the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, May 8, 2015, during the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
World War II veterans and their families watch as dozens of World War II era military airplanes fly over the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, May 8, 2015, during the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
nothing says freedom like a WWII flyover the national mall ______________________ #VEDay70 #WWIIFlyover
Awesome to see the 70th anniversary VE Day flyover in the Nation's Capitol 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #GreatestGeneration
#final #formation #missing #man #wwii #planes over #dc #America
vintage WWII planes fly over the national mall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day.
WWII planes flying over Capitol to commemorate #VEDay70
Awesome to see the 70th anniversary VE Day flyover in the Nation's Capitol 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #GreatestGeneration
VE Day flyover on the National Mall during my lunch hour .... Why not go watch?? #DC #vintageplanes
#ArsenalofDemocracy looking up from my office #VEDay #WWII @washingtonianmag
#ww2flyover for the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
Happy VE Day
#WWII #FLYOVER #DC #HISTORY
WWII biplanes over the Mall on this gorgeous day, cue the Indiana Jones theme
Got to see vintage WWII planes flying over the Capitol during my lunch break today. They're to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. I believe these ones are PBY Catalinas, which were used in patrols prior to the battle of Midway and, later, to hunt submarines in the Pacific. #VEDay #DC
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