Members of the royal family paid tribute to Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where they are currently isolating, each laying a wreath on a memorial near Balmoral.
Millions of people across the country joined them for a break at 11 a.m. to remember those who served in World War II, and the price they paid so much for freedom.
Veterans and members of the public, unable to assemble as usual before their local war memorials, are quietly reflected in their own homes.
Today marks 75 years since the Allies’ official acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany.
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And while locking the coronavirus makes it impossible to hold large gatherings like those of 1945, commemorations take place at home and online across the UK, with wreath laying, virtual street parties and a national song led by Dame Vera Lynn.
The RAF has organized aerial parades across the country, with the red arrows hovering in the sky over Buckingham Palace and the London Eye and Typhoon fighter planes flying over Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
In a letter to veterans, the Prime Minister assured them that, despite the ongoing foreclosure, their efforts to defeat a “ruthless enemy” would not be forgotten.
Boris Johnson said, “On this anniversary, we are engaged in a new fight against the coronavirus that requires the same national entrepreneurial spirit that you illustrated 75 years ago.
“We cannot pay our tribute with the parades and street celebrations that we have enjoyed in the past; your loved ones may not be able to go 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: we will always be remembered. “
Greeting also the leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, tweeted: “We remember the millions of people across the UK and around the world who came together during the Second World War to fight for our common values of freedom, democracy, peace and tolerance. “
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff, explained how the long-standing plans to celebrate the anniversary had to be adjusted due to the coronavirus.
He told BBC Breakfast, “We will do what we can to commemorate it visibly.
“But of course it will be different and I think it is difficult for veterans and all those who lived through the war because they would like to see a parade and they would like to participate. “
“So I think we should spare them a thought so that they should commemorate and celebrate at home. “
Later Friday, a Spitfire air parade is planned for a number of sites in the southeast, including a veterans care home in Worthing, West Sussex and the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.
Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £ 32 million for the NHS in April, will share his memories of the war in an ITV documentary titled Captain Tom’s War, which airs at 8 p.m.
In this document, he remembers having lifted the spirits of Dame Vera Lynn, whose songs include We will see each other again and The White Cliffs of Dover.
Day 75 of VE
And remembering the day of Britain’s victory, he said: “It was a very important day and everyone involved was absolutely very happy that it was over … the bombing of London, the bombing of other cities… had come to an end.
“It was a very, very happy day. “
Daughter Hannah said he would mark the day with “quiet celebrations” at home.
At 9 p.m., the Queen is expected to deliver a historic address to the nation, that is, at the exact time her father, King George VI, delivered a radio address in 1945.
It was only his sixth address to the nation during its 68 years of rule.
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