South Shropshire MP and former Defence Minister Philip Dunne paid tribute to the ongoing commitment of the Armed Forces, as the nation marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Victory in Europe Day, Friday 8th May, marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, with the unconditional surrender of the German forces in 1945.
Mr Dunne, who is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, will pay his respects at a 2-minute silence at 11am, observed in social isolation.
Mr Dunne said: “It is a great shame that the many events that had been planned to mark this significant VE Day have had to be cancelled due to COVID19. I hope people in Shropshire will get involved from home throughout the day and pay tribute to the entire Second World War generation from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces, to evacuees and those who served on the home front.
It is perhaps fitting that 75 years on, at a time of renewed national crisis, our Armed Forces are playing a vital role in ensuring we come through this challenge – and this applies to the whole Armed Forces personnel, not just those currently serving.
The nation was collectively moved by the incredible efforts of Captain (now Honorary Colonel) Tom Moore, on raising over £30m for the NHS on the eve of his 100th birthday. His efforts exemplify that the public service ethos of those who serve in uniform does not end when their service ends, but lasts a lifetime.
I ask people to join me at 11am on Friday in respecting a two-minute silence, to reflect and give thanks for the sacrifices of so many over six years of war, who made it possible to celebrate peace and victory over fascism 75 years ago.”
At 11am, the Royal British Legion is encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, and also take the opportunity to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
Later in the day the Legion has partnered with the BBC to honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One. Members of the public are invited to enjoy a moment of celebration and thanksgiving during the programme by taking part in a UK-wide rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm.