A Message from Cheshire West & Chester Council
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, sadly the planned civic and military public commemoration events to mark 75 years since the Second World War ended have been cancelled.
Following to the lockdown announcement, Cheshire West residents, as well as the rest of the country, are now being encouraged to create their own special lockdown VE Day commemoration weekend from the comfort of their own homes.
As the Civic Service and Military Parade which was originally scheduled for 10 May 2020 were cancelled, the Lord Mayor of Chester, The Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Cathedral have come together to produce a Virtual Civic Service to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War 2. Military Personnel, local dignitaries, Chester Cathedral clergy and school children have all contributed to the short service which has been recorded from their personal locations, including on board HMS Albion.
Whatever you have planned on Friday, please take time in your day to sit back and enjoy the virtual civic VE day service from the comfort of your own homes.
Attached below is a link to the Council's You Tube account, where you will find the short 30 minute film. No accounts or logins are required to watch the film --just click on this link – and it can be viewed from any smart phone, smart television, laptop or tablet.
It would be really helpful if you could circulate the link to your friends, family, pupils, Councillors, Mayors and contacts so they can join in with the virtual service too.
Also on Friday at 3pm, Councillor Brian Jones, Armed Forces Champion for Cheshire West and Chester Council, will lead the local toast to the heroes of WW2. Please join him by raising a glass or cup of tea at 3pm. This can be viewed from Cheshire West and Chester Council's website or social media page.
THE NATION'S TOAST TO THE HEROS OF WORLD WAR 2
"To those who gave so much"
"We thank you"
The 75th anniversary of VJ Day is scheduled for 15 and 16 August and discussions are taking place nationally about combining the VJ Day and VE Day events together. By August, the country might be ready to celebrate, recapturing the spirit of post-war Britain, something Her Majesty the Queen touched on herself in her recent address to the nation.
Until we all meet again.
Stay safe and well,
Councillor Mark Williams -- Lord Mayor of Chester
Councillor Bob Rudd -- Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council
Democracy & Elections Officer
Cheshire West and Chester Council