British Coronavirus Live: Britain Celebrates Locked-in VE Day | Politics


The United Kingdom will meet to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE) and to remember those who fought and died during the Second World War, despite restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus.

Although large-scale public events cannot take place, tributes will be paid by politicians and members of the royal family, as well as through a host of other events.
Friday commemorates the official surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces on May 8, 1945, after World War II.

Boris Johnson wrote to the veterans to assure them that despite the ongoing lockdown, they and their efforts to defeat a “ruthless enemy” would not be forgotten.
“We cannot pay tribute with the parades and street celebrations that we have enjoyed in the past; your loved ones may not be able to visit you in person, ”he said in the letter.

“But allow us, your proud compatriots, to be the first to offer our gratitude, our sincere thanks and our solemn commitment: you will always remember us. “

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will also release a pre-recorded memorial message to mark Victory Day and tributes will be offered by speakers in the House of Commons and the Lords.

A two-minute national silence will be observed at 11 a.m. to honor the memory of the British military and the women who gave their lives during the conflict. The silence will be led by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and broadcast from a location in Scotland, where they self-isolate.

At 9 p.m., the Queen will address the nation in a television message – just when her father, King George VI, spoke on the radio three-quarters of a century earlier.


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