City prepares to mark 73rd anniversary of VE Day

City prepares to mark 73rd anniversary of VE Day

Veterans will lead the commemorations as Wolverhampton commemorates the 73rd anniversary of VE Day on Tuesday 8 May, 2018.

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Veterans will lead the commemorations as Wolverhampton commemorates the 73rd anniversary of VE Day on Tuesday 8 May, 2018.

They will join civic dignitaries including the Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands Major Sylvia Parkin MBE JP DL, and members of the public to mark the anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies on 8 May 1945, an event which heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion and the Ex-Service Council will hold a service of remembrance at the Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square, starting at 11.30am.

Pat Johnson, chair of the central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, said: “The end of the Second World War in Europe was a momentous occasion which is rightly commemorated every year.

“VE Day is an opportunity for the nation to remember the courage and bravery of millions of men and women who served – and in many cases sadly died – for their country in the Second World War and in other conflicts.

“These men and women helped our country at its times of greatest need, both abroad and on the Home Front.

“We’re hoping that as many people as possible will come along and take part in the ceremony and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served for their country in one way or another.”

The service will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.

The VE Day service is one of a series of acts of remembrance taking place in Wolverhampton during 2018, including a programme of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November 1918.

  • Wolverhampton is a signatory of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, a pledge of mutual support between the city and its Armed Forces community. For details, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/armedforces.