VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) commemorates the day on which allied forces formally announced the surrender of Nazi Germany, drawing the Second World War in Europe to a close.
This year, when VE dawns on Friday (8 May 2020), it will mark 75 years since the UK first celebrated the end of war in Europe and the arrival of peace and hope.
To remember this important time, Middleton Park councillors have commissioned two commemorative benches to be placed in Belle Isle and Middleton.
All three local Councillors, Judith Blake, Kim Groves and Paul Truswell expressed their sadness at the postponement of this year’s celebrations. With Councillor Judith Blake stating:
“Whilst we cannot continue with the community celebrations we had planned, this shouldn’t dampen the sentiment behind VE Day. As ever, we will be remembering those families within our communities that made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The black framed benches displaying scenes of the D-Day landings are set to be installed in Belle Isle and Middleton in the coming months.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent Government guidance means that community VE Day celebrations have been postponed, you can still mark the occasion safely from your home. For more ideas and information on how to celebrate VE Day at home, visit: https://news.leeds.gov.uk/news/leeds-residents-urged-to-play-their-part-in-75th-anniversary-of-ve-day-from-home
This post is based on a press release issued by Middleton Park Ward Councillors