PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PART IN ONLINE VE DAY COMMEMORATIONS

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PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PART IN ONLINE VE DAY COMMEMORATIONS

An online service of remembrance and a two-minute silence will lead Scotland’s commemorations this year to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May.

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put an end to plans for a parade, public concert and official reception – Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey is encouraging her constituents to pay their respects with an online service.

The commemorations will be led by the Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, and will include a message from children and families currently learning at home including a video message of thanks from the First Minister.

Commenting, the local MSP said:

“The 75th anniversary of VE Day is a hugely important moment in our history.

“Despite the difficult situation we currently all find ourselves in, it is only right that we pay tribute to the determination and sacrifices made by the men and women in the Second World War.

“I am sure many people across Rutherglen and Cambuslang will join millions of others on 8th May to honour those who laid down their lives, in a shared moment national commemoration.”

ENDS

Notes:

The Legion Scotland Service of Remembrance will be broadcast on Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland’s social media channels from 10.40 a.m. until 11.15 a.m. The online concert will then begin at 11.45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/LegionScotland/https://www.facebook.com/Poppyscotland/https://twitter.com/LegionScotlandhttps://twitter.com/poppyscotland

The First Minister’s message will be posted on Twitter @scotgov

Poppyscotland’s online resources can be found at: http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/VEDayParty

Published: 30th April 2020

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