75 years ago Britian celebrated the end of the War in Europe on May 8th 1945. After six years of fighting, rationing, the bombings and millions who lost their lives the War in Europe was over. The current situation is a juxtaposition with then and it seems quite appropriate that we should be celebrating this whilst in Lockdown!
Our families were very much involved with WWII, my Father was an aircraft engineer in the RAF and DH’s father was a member of the Royal Engineers. My Grandfather was in a reserved occupation so was an air raid warden during the War and DH’s Grandfather was also in a reserved occupation, he was a gentleman farmer, so he became a Policeman.
My Dad was actually in India and Burma so was actually still fighting when May 8th occurred and his service did not end until VJ Day on August 15th 1945.
We should have been having celebrations around the country and DH was due to commentate on them locally but of course they have all been cancelled due to the current situation. However they are talking about doing something later in the year depending upon how things go!
Our families were very lucky in that they came home but so many did not and it is their sacrifice that means we are free today.
For the Fallen
By Laurence Binyon