FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020 – 75 YEARS SINCE THE END OF WII

With all that is going on in the world today, and the devastating effects it is having on us as a nation, as we all struggle to come to terms with the situation and its implications, we must also find time to remember the sacrifices and suffering of our parents and grandparents during their lifetimes and the conflicts and hardships they endured, and commemorate VE Day – when on this day in 1945 the conflict ended.

At 10:00am on 8th May 1945, we were informed by the German authorities that the war was over. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a radio broadcast at 15:00 during which he announced “Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight tonight, but in the interests of saving lives the ‘cease fire’ began yesterday to be sounded all along the front, and our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today”

Following news of the German surrender, spontaneous celebrations erupted all over the world on 7th May, including in Western Europe and the United States. As the end of operations officially was set for 00:01 Central European Time on 8th May, that day is celebrated across Europe as V-E Day. The Soviet Union celebrates Victory Day on 9th May, as the end of operations occurred after midnight Moscow time.

VE DAY SPEECH