Bank Holiday moved for VE Day 8th May 2020
We will be celebrating 75 years of Victory in Europe following WWII on Friday 8th May 2020. The Government say that ‘the occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.’*
The proposed celebrations will be greatly restricted by the ‘Stay at Home’ message due to the Coronavirus. There will be no drinks raised in pubs, few if any street parties and limited events over the three-day weekend. However, the sacrifice of others on the frontline can now be fully comprehended by those born long after the war, because of the deaths of the key workers serving to keep our country running and caring for the sick through the invisible onslaught of COVID-19. We can see parallels between the war and the current situation. There is no discrimination! The virus attacks all ethnic groups, faiths and no faith; rich and poor; famous and infamous; old and young.
I am reminded of the words of Jesus, ’There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ John 15:13. We give our heart-felt thanks and gratitude to those who have given their lives for us and to those who are prepared to continue to serve and fight the enemy.
Marian Nash, member of the Christian Faith
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2020