VE Day 75th Anniversary 2020
Today, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the day World War Two ended. This was the day that the Germans signed an unconditional surrender to the allies. It was the end of 6 years of war, that had killed millions of people. These included men and women from the armed forces and millions of innocent civilians.
The country was in turmoil as the bombings had razed whole cities to the ground and millions were made homeless. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill addressed the nation on the radio and declared the war was at an end and that Friday 8th May, was to be a Bank holiday and a day of celebration!
As the capital city, London was hit hard and the focus for many was to go there to celebrate. The Royal family played a huge role in the war, keeping up everyone’s spirits. Tens of thousands descended on Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square to join in the jubilant celebrations. The Royal family waved to the crowds from the balcony - a tradition for major events. The rest of the nation had street parties, which with rationing, was a huge challenge.
We are thankful for the men and women who served during the war and owe a debt of gratitude. There are not many left who can give first-hand accounts of that joyous occasion. People such as Captain (now Colonel) Tom Moore, who served in the British army during those dark times, embodies the spirit of 'never say die'!