Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, will be participating in an at-home programme of activity to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.
Mr Wiggin is supporting calls from the Royal British Legion for the nation to get involved from home throughout the day and pay tribute to the entire Second World War generation from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces, to evacuees and those who served on the home front.
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, members of the public are unable to attend VE Day events, and the Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of activity including a VE Day broadcast, national moments of remembrance and thanksgiving, and an education pack for people to join in with from home.
Commenting, Bill Wiggin MP said:
“I am delighted to join in this fantastic initiative to ensure that VE Day is commemorated despite the current health crisis.
Now more than ever it is essential to learn from the lessons of history and we are fortunate that at least once a year we can come together and think about those who gave their lives so that we can live ours freely.
At 11am I shall be observing a two-minute silence to honour to our former servicemen and servicewomen whose gift of freedom is so precious to us all, and I will also take the opportunity to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
I would urge everybody to join in this programme of moments of remembrance and show the same unity we are displaying during this lockdown to ensure we protect our precious NHS.”
Full details of the day’s events are enclosed below:
- 1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence
- 1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
- 2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
- 2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong