VE Day 75th Anniversary Goes Ahead Despite COVID-19

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day has been celebrated around the country and world today.

With COVID-19 cancelling celebrations people were encouraged to take to the streets and decorate their houses with red, white and blue.

The Queen will address the country at 9pm and then the country will come together to sing Vera Lynn’s wartime song We’ll Meet Again to finish off the day.

While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe.

The Secretary General also thanked Allied armed forces who continue to play a critical role in tackling ongoing security challenges, including today’s COVID-19 pandemic.

In the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnston spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

They paid tribute to the collaboration between British and Russian forces during the Second World War, including the Arctic convoys, and to the heroism and sacrifice of all those who lost their lives.

They also discussed the bilateral relationship between our countries.

The Prime Minister was clear we should maintain dialogue but that obstacles to further progress remained.

The leaders spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the importance of continuing to work together and with other countries to defeat the disease.

The Prime Minister invited President Putin to take part in the Global Vaccine Summit that the UK will host virtually in June, to strengthen healthcare systems and tackle coronavirus in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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