Street parties and a 1940s concert to celebrate VE-Day
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Street parties and a 1940s concert to celebrate VE-Day
Hmm. While one should ofcourse celebrate the end of such a terrible war, from what I read here it appears the commemorations are more triumphalist celebration (street parties, concerts) than remembrance or reflection of the losses on all sides of the war. The First world war commemorations have been more appropriate I think.

Quote:Beacons will be lit from coast to coast, church bells rung and street parties held during a three-day commemoration for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, it was confirmed yesterday.

The long weekend of events beginning on Friday May 8, the day after the general election, will include a televised Forties-style concert in London’s Horse Guards Parade.

The VE Day celebrations are a victory for the Daily Mail which had highlighted mounting concern that the anniversary risked being overshadowed by the election.

Singer Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart who will be 98 on Friday, was among those who called on the Government to do more to mark what is likely to be the last major anniversary at which the generation that fought at home and abroad in the war is able to gather in strength.

Last month David Cameron responded and asked Cabinet minister William Hague to draw up plans for three days of national commemorations, which he unveiled yesterday.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...s-May.html
2015 Mar 16 09:26
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