VE Day

Virtual 'Wall Of Remembrance' To Mark VE Day 75

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is hoping to display tributes from members of the public as part of VE Day 75 commemorations.

People are being encouraged to contribute to a digital 'Wall of Remembrance' to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

While many commemorative events for VE Day 75 on 8 May have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, some are being adapted or moved online.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is launching a campaign to collect photos, stories and memories of those who lived through the war.

The CWGC is encouraging people to upload their tributes to its website or on social media, using the hashtag #ShareYourTribute.

Victoria Wallace, CWGC Director General, said: “At this dark time, we want to give people a way to honour those brave men and women who gave their lives in the Second World War, creating this virtual Wall of Remembrance, so they can take part in VE Day.

“Whether it is a simple thank you, a picture or a few lines of text, we want to collect as many tributes as possible.

“Despite trying circumstances, we will ensure that these men and women are remembered in perpetuity.”

Deborah Hamlyn, from Sheffield, plans to honour the memory of her late grandfather John Allen.

Mr Allen, who passed away in March at the age of 101, had a military career that included the Dunkirk evacuation, serving in India and the bloody Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.

Ms Hamlyn, who herself served with the Royal Signals for six years, said she used to call her grandfather every day on her way to work.

“We used to have a bit of a giggle about things that we’ve both done, and we’d trade stories really. I could never beat his, though, to be truthful,” she said.

“Nothing compares to what he must have been through, what he must have witnessed.

“He said it all along that he was very, very lucky. He got away with not a scratch.”

Meanwhile, the Royal British Legion Industries is encouraging members of the public to mark the anniversary by placing 25cm tall 'Tommy' soldier figures in their windows.

On 8 May, a two-minute silence at 11am (UK time) will honour the sacrifices of the war and the impact of COVID-19.

Under an updated schedule, Sir Winston Churchill's victory speech will be replayed in the afternoon, while the Queen will address the nation in the evening.