Message to Falkirk Council area residents on VE Day

Falkirk’s civic and political leaders have united to send the community a message to mark today’s VE Day.

By Jill Buchanan
Friday, 8th May 2020, 8:29 am

Events had been planned across the district but, as with similar preparations throughout the UK they have been cancelled as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead people are being encouraged to take part in the nation Two Minute Silence at 11am today.

The message is from Provost William Buchanan, council and SNP group leader Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Labour group leader Robert Bissett and Conservative group leader Lynn Munro.

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It reads: “Today, May 8 marks 75 years since the first Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) celebrations following the end of World War II.

“A two-minute silence will be held at 11am today to honour the sacrifice of that wartime generation. To those who gave so much, we give thanks and remember them.

“VE Day was a momentous day for our nation and during this difficult time we must let that generation know that we have not forgotten the peace they won for us.

“Due to the measures in place to protect you and others from coronavirus, events like the VE Day concert in Grangemouth have now been cancelled.

“We reflect on how this virus has had such a devastating impact on lives all over the world. We shall also salute those in the frontline in our battle against Covid-19; the NHS, keyworkers and all who are fighting for us, we salute you and we will win.

“In the words of Vera Lynn’s war time song – We’ll Meet Again. Stay safe.”