VE Day online

Sunday May 3rd 2020

VE Day Midlothian Scotland

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

An online service of remembrance and a two-minute silence will lead commemorations this year to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put an end to plans for a parade, public concert and official reception, Local MSP Christine Grahame has encouraged her constituents to pay their respects with an online service.

The commemorations led by the Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, will include a message from children and families currently learning at home including a video message of thanks from the First Minister.

 

Ms Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said:

“The 75th anniversary of VE Day is a hugely important moment in history.

“It was a war in which my father was in the KOSBs and my mother the Land Army and where my father lost his best friend Jock Hunter who was killed during the landings at Arnhem. So for me VE Day brings back personal memories.

“It is right that despite the difficult situation we currently all find ourselves in, we pay tribute to the determination and sacrifices made by the men and women in the Second World War, ordinary folk like Jock who died so young while my father had a life into his nineties.

“We must never forget too the vital contribution who fought that war on the Home Front in particular the miners who kept the Home Fires burning in the factories which produced the armaments and built the tanks and planes so vital to the war effort.

“I hope as many people as possible locally will join millions of others on 8th May to honour those who laid down their lives and others who fought that war in their own way in a shared moment national commemoration.”

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