VE Day - 75th Anniversary
Today is a very special Bank Holiday Friday to celebrate seventy-five years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.
On 8 May 1945, the then Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation with the poignant words of "we may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toils and efforts that lie ahead", in recognition of the years it would take to rebuild a nation that had experienced six years of war that had cost millions of lives, had destroyed homes, families, towns and cities, and had brought huge suffering to the populations of entire countries.
This pandemic has meant that plans for a three-day international celebration have been significantly scaledback - but please do take the time to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, the Commonwealth and Allied Forces, to those who served on the home front.
At 11am, we're encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of so many.
Join the nation at 3pm to raise a toast the heroes that gave so much, and again at 9pm when the Queen will address the nation. And throughout the weekend enjoy with your stay and home parties, where we know many of you will have picnics in your gardens and on your balconies.
Lest we forget.
Councillor Elaine Murray, Council Leader
Councillor Rob Davidson, Depute Leader
On this special day, please take time to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice, those that returned home, and all who fought on the home front, and importantly, thank the veterans alive today for what they did for us.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh
Armed Forces Champion
We hope that we never forget the loss of humanity in the hands of nationalism and racism.
Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association