Commemorate VE Day safely message from Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

The chairs of Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Councils have urged residents in their districts to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow (Friday 8 May 2020) safely from home.

Cllr Kathryn Grandon, chair of Babergh District Council, said:

“Tomorrow’s VE Day commemorations might not be everything we had planned, but we can still remember the sacrifice that our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents made to protect the lives of others. Those sacrifices saved lives then as we must all do now by staying at home.

“This weekend, we can still honour those that gave their lives decades ago. Observing the two minute silence at 11am on Friday, sharing stories and taking time to reflect on what it means to live in a country, and county, that fights for the freedoms and protection of others is a very appropriate way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We urge everyone to take part, but please, stay at home.”

A website has been created with contains lots of information, advice and activities to help people of all ages to commemorate VE Day at home: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/

Cllr Lavinia Hadingham, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

“The VE Day anniversary is a moment to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives, in the face of extreme danger, to ensure others were able to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we hold dear today. That is why it is so important that we commemorate it tomorrow.”

“Honouring the memory of lost loved ones and heroes doesn’t stop, just because we have to stay at home. We can still come together to share stories, observe the two minute silence at 11am and reflect on the sacrifices that others made for us. We might not feel free now, but it is temporary and soon we will return to the world that they created for us, through their selflessness. Please, take time tomorrow to commemorate VE Day, but stay at home.”

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