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    75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe: VE Day 8 May 2020

    In place of the big public events that had been planned in the United Kingdom for such a significant anniversary,
    given the current restrictions made necessary by the COVID19 Pandemic, special arrangements are being put in place to mark the occasion.

    HM Queen Elizabeth II will give an address
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ns-remembrance

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's virtual remembrance plans:
    https://www.cwgc.org/learn/news-and-...nce-for-ve-day

    The VE75 organisation's much modified set of suggestions for activities:
    https://www.veday75.org

    Some other UK marks of remembrance:
    An "empty" Albert Hall Concert
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-day-vera-lynn
    An RAF veteran's fund-raising walk
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...d-talbot-house

    As yet I see no news of any National VE 75 or VP 75 displays on the Australian War Memorial site (awm.gov.au) nor on the Dept of Veterans Affairs site (dva.gov.au).

    Perhaps by mid August conditions here and in Commonwealth countries (and around the world) may be rather better, so that the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day 15 August 2020)
    may be observed with more like the usual gatherings and customs.

    How well I remember the great VP 60 anniversary flypast in Canberra: a memorable sunny afternoon event as the public old and young gathered in mass crowds on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to witness a large, loud, low and pyrotechnically satisfying flypast of wonderful size and variety.

    Wishing you all well, however and wherever you choose to remember.

    Don Clark
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    Last edited by Don Clark; 5th May 2020 at 08:40.
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    Default Re: VE Day 2020

    Well said Don, perhaps by VP Day we can have our own VC19 Day.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Further to earlier speculations re shows and celebrations, was just checking what might still be running this July/ August, and sadly it seems everything appears to cancelled this year. Damn ! Even Eastbourne Airshow I was so looking forward to in mid-August, is cancelled. I cannot understand the mentality behind these daft decisions. Shops, cinemas, leisure, beaches, etc, etc, all opening, but, seaside airshows with people out in the open watching an airshow over the sea, cancelled all ready ? Daft decision, very very dissapointed. Anyone else was looking forward to any event that has been cancelled ?

    https://britishairshows.com/british-...calendar-dates
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    Airshows have to be planned many months ahead, and involve having emergency services present. All of this would put an unnecessary strain on these services. At the time when most such events have to be planned, there was no way of knowing when lockdown would be lifted. You can't just plans these events a few days ahead, so please don't refer to these decision as "daft" if you don't know about all the months of work that goes on behind the scenes to make them happen. Event organisers don't take these decision lightly.

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    I understand why, but I've always found it disappointing that we've chosen to celebrate VE Day rather than VJ Day (which I see appears to have become VP so as not to offend J?), when our blokes and our allies had 3 more months of fighting and dying to get through.
    "Forgotten Fourteenth" syndrome again.
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    Default Re: VE Day 2020

    The VP vs VJ contention re-surfaces at intervals.

    This is all I have to say about it:

    In Australia it has been Victory in the Pacific Day, VP Day, from the day it was first observed.

    See the Australian War Memorial article here: https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/vp_day

    And their discussion of the contention here: https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/ency...ia/vp_day/name

    A simple fact check in any search engine finds these references.


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    Thanks Don.
    I never knew that!
    From here (UK), I've only ever heard it called VJ Day.
    But my comment of VE or VJ/VP still stands.
    Ian

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    Thanks Alex, John: appreciated.

    My original post focussed on VE Day 2020 as the 75th Anniversary, now only two days away, is the last really major anniversary of that particular event that a good many of us are likely to see.

    As for VP Day 2020, another 75th anniversary, that's a topic for another post nearer the time (and when perhaps conditions will be better).
    Again, just a little searching on VP75 (or VJ75) will find the extent of planning (and re-planning thanks to COVID19) already in-hand for that event. There are plenty.

    Back on topic: VE Day 75. Perhaps other readers from elsewhere may still wish to add something about VE75 plans in their own countries.

    Don Clark
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    I loaded up a test photo from the CWGC website and confirmed a wee problem.
    They ask you for the link to the casualty entry and theres a separate field for you to enter the casualties name, then another field for extra details.
    The first two fields don't seem to be loading hence most photos are displaying at the moment with no names, and the details people enter usualy leave out the name again, so there are lots of uncle's uploaded but no way of knowing who they are for now.

    I've had the message passed to CWGC and they are looking at it. Filed under aging gent complaining maybe.

    Great resource but needs a tweak or two.

    Rant over
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    We had a full blown VE75 day being arranged to remember all the POW's who at last were finding their way home. This was being run by four of us from a Facebook page "StalagVIIIB/344 Lamsdorf and was to be held at RAF Cosford on the 9th so that it wouldn't clash with the general VE day celebrations. This however has had to be held over but we do intend to hold it as a POW75+1 day same time next year. Instead we are running a number of videos on the page over the next four days.

    Rick

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