On Friday 8th May 2020 we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. We paid homage to those who served either in the Army, Navy and RAF or on the home front and especially those who didn’t return and who made the ultimate sacrifice with a two minute silence at 11am. We also remembered our Cousins from across the Atlantic. The airmen who flew with the Mighty Eighth Air Force and the Soldiers and Sailors who passed through this green and pleasant land onto the European mainland and an uncertain future. We shall not forget the Allied sacrifice that has allowed us to enjoy and somewhat take for granted a peaceful existence but which we are now facing a stern test ourselves.
Normally there would be parties and parades up and down the country but due to the situation we find ourselves in due to the Covid-19 pandemic most of us partied the day away at home. I did my usual thing and got out the bunting and flags including a couple of 48 star US flags and two original VE day British flags. Listened to a lot of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman and my wife and I dressed up in 1940/50 civvies. But although we couldn’t go anywhere, along with our neighbours we enjoyed the day and the atmosphere it generated.
We will remember them.