In Germany, where the memorial is a sombre reflection on the country's rescue from Nazi rule, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier drew a parallel between the war and the new scourge that has already killed almost 270,000 people around the world.
"There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what we are going through today".
The two minute silence at 11am will honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, and to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on lives across the world.
"Over the past months, our Nation has faced remarkable adversity during the coronavirus pandemic".
While General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, wrote in The Times: "We would not have triumphed over tyranny without our allies from the Dominions, the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as the free forces of many nations".
Despite the historical bonds between Europe and the United States, Trump has used his presidency to shake up established alliances, saying that European countries have unfair trade advantages and that US leadership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military pact has been extremely costly.
Russian Federation had originally planned a huge military display on its May 9 Victory Day, with world leaders including France's President Emmanuel Macron on the guest list.
In Berlin, residents have been given an unprecedented public holiday, although this in not in place across the rest of the country.
In the US, President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will join a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II memorial in Washington, DC.
Russian Federation had originally planned a huge military display on its May 9 Victory Day, with world leaders including France's Macron on the guest list.
"But please allow us, your proud compatriots, to be the first to offer our gratitude, our heartfelt thanks and our solemn pledge: you will always be remembered".
Queen Elizabeth II is set to address the nation at 9 pm tonight (2000GMT), at the exact same time her father, King George VI, gave his speech from Buckingham Palace.
Instead, military planes will perform a flypast over Moscow's Red Square.
To mark the occasion, President Macron will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris.
"The intention is to portray the Germans primarily as victims. I find this distortion of history and relativisation of Nazi crimes irresponsible", he said.