Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous V for Victory sign to a crowd of 50,000 from balcony of Ministry of Health on VE Day
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D-Day Veteran Calls On Public To Clap On VE Day

This year's VE Day marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous V for Victory sign to a crowd of 50,000 from balcony of Ministry of Health on VE Day

A 99-year-old D-Day veteran is calling for the public to clap for veterans on this year's VE Day.

Stanley Northeast, who served with the RAF, wants the public to remember the heroes of the Second World War in the same way they are recognising the NHS workers battling the COVID-19 crisis.

He is calling for the public to clap at 7.45pm – 19:45 on a 24-hour clock – on 8 May to give thanks to veterans around the country.

“I think it's very important because we haven’t got much to celebrate at the moment, but I will also be remembering all those poor comrades who didn’t survive to see this day,” he said.

Usual VE Day commemorations see military personnel, veterans and families come together to mark the day the six-year conflict ended in Europe.

However, with the country still in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, traditional celebrations are now unable to go ahead.

“I’m sad that I won’t be able to meet up with some of the other old veterans because we are all getting on a bit now," he said.

"This is probably the last chance we have of a get-together like we did for the D-Day celebrations last year."

People celebrate VE Day in Manchester 08051945 CREDIT PA
People celebrate VE Day in Manchester, 1945 (Picture: PA).

The RAF veteran said he is as scared now during the pandemic as he was landing on the beach on D-Day

Mr Northeast's son, Stanley, came up with the Clap 4 VE Day 75 campaign.

He said: "His [Stanley's] generations are being denied their 75th anniversary because of COVID and I thought this would be a good way as a nation to honour them.

“They were our heroes back in ’45 just like the NHS are our heroes now.”

The Queen will lead the nation in marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with an address to country.

Sir Winston Churchill's victory speech will also be replayed as part of the revised plans. 

Cover image: Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous V for Victory sign on VE Day (Picture: PA).