Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
It is seventy-five years since the Second World ended. The day was celebrated around the country and marked the end of a national effort which saw millions make the final sacrifice for their country.
The occasion also offers an opportunity to remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel, and all those who served on the Home Front through a variety of voluntary organisations.
This year, 8 May has been designated as a bank holiday to commemorate the occasion. It would have also played host to a wide range of street parties and other kinds of social gatherings, which have now had to be cancelled or rearranged due to the outbreak of Coronavirus across the country, especially in the West Midlands.
Stuart Anderson MP said: “Unfortunately many street parties and other social gatherings scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of VE day have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak situation. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday also serves as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces are playing a significant role in the national effort to tackle Coronavirus. It is right for us to remember them.”
To commemorate this very important anniversary, Stuart Anderson MP has:
- Called for all constituents in Wolverhampton South West to participate in observing a one minutes’ silence, which is to be followed by one-minute clap to take place in homes and other residential settings across the constituency at 11:00 am on 8 May to mark the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
- Written to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, calling for the Minister Johnny Mercer MP to promote these plans on a national scale.
- Promoting Parliament’s Education and Engagement Team, which has curated material from the archives, works of art and education online. It is freely available at www.parliament.uk/ww2
The UK Parliament and World War II hub page features stories and information about:
- Key parliamentarians during the war
- Wartime legislation
- Bomb damage to Parliament
- Memorials to members and staff of both Houses
For teachers and parents, Parliament's Education and Engagement Team have produced new videos and resource packs for both primary and secondary pupils which are suitable for a home school or classroom environment.