In advance of VE Day Mrs Alison Millar, Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry said:
As Lord- Lieutenant of the County of Londonderry I join with our Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in marking the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day this Friday the 8th of May.
The estimates indicate that over 50 million people died worldwide in what remains the most deadly of all military conflicts.
There will be a National Moment of Remembrance of 2 minutes Silence at 11am on Friday and during that I will reflect upon those deaths,upon those that were maimed physically and mentally and upon the service that the people of Northern Ireland gave during the Second World War . My late father, an ordinary Ulsterman, served in the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant and survived the War. His log book indicates he was actually flying on the eve of VE Day.
The War did not finish on VE Day – it finished on the 2nd September 1945 upon the surrender of Japan and many more were to be maimed and die. Friday will be a day for us all to reflect upon our shared past, present and future and to also remember that “we will meet again”
Her Majesty The Queen addressed the Nation and Commonwealth at 9pm on VE Day. She is one of a few surviving men and women who served during the War. Her remarks will be hugely significant not only because of her own military service in the conflict but because of the current Global Covid 19 Emergency we are all facing.