This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the formal end of the Second World War.
The Bank Holiday weekend will provide us all the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.
Despite the current coronavirus pandemic putting on hold planned street parties and celebrations, the country will continue to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Commemorations will officially commence at 21:00 on 8 May with the Queen addressing the nation on BBC1 via a pre-recorded message, exactly 75 years to the minute, since her father King George VI gave a radio address to the nation in 1945.
People in lockdown are being advised to show their support by placing a specially designed image of a Second World War soldier in their windows and downloading digital packs including bunting and games in remembrance.
It’s important too, for us, to pay tribute to the amazing service given by our current service men and women, who sacrifice so much for our nation. The defence sector, despite living through more peaceful times, continues to gather the rightful praise from all corners of society – notably from our NHS who have thanked the forces for their ongoing support throughout this global pandemic. This includes those supporting Covid-19 testing operations as well as those redeployed into front line healthcare roles.
Finally, we’re asking anyone who would like to pay their respects to our WWII heroes, to head over to our Facebook page and leave a message.