75th anniversary of VE Day
This open letter was first published as an alert on 7th May 2020.
This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but we will all have to celebrate this milestone in a different way this year.
Due to the current Government restrictions in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, each of us have to make changes to our daily life – this also includes the way we can celebrate VE Day.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum ask you to commemorate within your home and join in celebrations virtually. That way, you are still protecting the NHS and saving lives.
Additionally, we ask that instead of visiting your local Cenotaph, you join ‘The Nation’s Toast’ at 3pm and raise a glass with the nation to the heroes of WWII.
The Royal British Legion are playing a central role in organising and delivering a number of remote activities including:
- A live VE Day livestream at 11.15am
- A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm
- A VE learning pack for children aged between 7-14
This is a significant anniversary of a key moment in our history and I know how keen our communities are to mark it.
However, we find ourselves in unprecedented times and public safety has to remain a top priority for us all. The current Government guidance is clear – we must all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
This means any celebrations this year will need to follow the current guidance –including social distancing and the shielding of those most vulnerable.
We therefore ask that you celebrate within your own home and within your own household group. Please do not be tempted to visit family members or friends – put simply; it is not worth the risk.
I would like to thank you all in advance for continuing to adhere to the Government guidance and the part you are playing in the national effort to save lives.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable and Chair of the Wiltshire and Swindon
Local Resilience Forum