The majority of VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place this weekend have been cancelled or postponed. It is currently hoped to move events to the weekend of 15-16 August when VE Day and VJ Day can both be celebrated.
However, many will take a moment today to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.
We will remember the members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy from many countries who gave their lives or returned home injured in body and mind, the hard-working women and men who operated the factories, mines, shipyards and farms, and ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, fireman, local defence volunteers and others who toiled day and night selflessly on the home front during difficult frightening and uncertain times.
Of course we are now living in frightening and uncertain times and once again our safety is in the hands of others, many of whom are putting themselves at risk on a daily basis to do so.
We salute those, past and present, who step up to help others in difficult times. Today especially, we find inspiration in the past and strength in togetherness.