By Daniel Gaffney
Today marks 75 years since the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, and the restoration of peace in Europe.
On Tuesday the 8th of May 1945, celebrations erupted across the world to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. In London, a combined crowd of over a million people gathered in Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and all the way up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where George VI, the Royal Family and Winston Churchill appeared on the balcony facing the cheering crowds.
Sadly, the coronavirus outbreak means people are commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day within their own homes.
All public gatherings have been cancelled – but a series of events is still going ahead to mark the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during World War Two.
Socially-distanced wreath-laying, a two-minute silence, a re-broadcast of Winston Churchill’s speech and an address from the Queen are among the national events taking place. The government is encouraging people to watch the events on television and to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties within their households.
Armed forces charity, Royal British Legion Industries, has launched a campaign asking people to display images of a World War Two soldier in their windows to show their support for veterans. It says money raised from sales of its “Tommy in the window” stickers, and other commemorative products, will go towards helping veterans into employment.