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One of the darkest incidents in the war.



VE day in Bolton 1945     VE day Piiccadilly Circus 1945

Celebrations in 1945.



VE Day 2020: The Queen 's speech in full.
Elizabeth II marked the 75th anniversary since the end of the Second World War in Europe.
The Queen remembered Britain 's sacrifices during the Second World War sacrifices and the “joyous celebrations”&; that followed the end of fighting in Europe in a televised address marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Elizabeth's address began with the chimes of Big Ben.

Here is the text of her speech in full:
“I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.”
“His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a #8220;great deliverance#8221;.
“The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.
“Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.
“At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain.
“But we kept faith that the cause was right and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through.
“Never give up, never despair that was the message of VE Day.
“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further sacrifice.
“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the war finally ended.
“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict.
“They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad.
“They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations.
“They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe. “We should and will remember them.
“As I now reflect on my father 's words and the joyous celebrations, which some of us experienced first-hand, I am thankful for the strength and courage that the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and all our allies displayed.
“The wartime generation knew that the best way to honour those who did not come back from the war, was to ensure that it didn 't happen again.
“The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all.
“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. “Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps.
“But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.
“And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.
“I send my warmest good wishes to you all.”

The speech ended with Vera Lynn singing “We 'll meet again”, followed by a compilation of members of the public joining in.



We'll meet again.

We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through, Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say hello, To the folks that I know
Tell them you won't be long, They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go, I was singing this song.

We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

Keep smiling through, Just like you always do
'Til the blue skies, Drive the dark clouds far away

We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day





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