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Marking VE Day anniversary

SOUTH Scotland MSP Emma Harper has welcomed the commitment from the Scottish Government to hold VE Day Commemorative events online this year, given that the current COVID-19 restrictions mean that gatherings of people are not currently possible. The South Scotland MSP has also made her own video on social media to mark the day and people can view it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. An online service of remembrance and a two-minute silence will lead Scotland's public commemorations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has meant that plans for the landmark anniversary – which were to include a parade, public concert and reception – will now take place online, with a video message of thanks from the First Minister and a concert in addition to the service and silence. Several local organisations and churches are also holding their own online services to mark the landmark day . Commenting, Miss Harper said: “As the 75th anniversary of VE Day approaches, it is only right we pay tribute to the determination and the sacrifices made by the men and women who lived through the Second World War. “Commemorations and events like VE Day are absolutely crucial in remembering our history, and also in the promotion of international peace, tolerance and respect for one another which allows us to ensure the atrocities of war – and particularly of World War Two – are not repeated in the future. “Despite the difficult circumstances we are currently in, Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland – as well as local churches across Dumfries and Galloway - are doing outstanding work in helping people across Scotland come together virtually on the 8th May to give thanks to our World War Two generation. “I would encourage everyone to join with me online in honouring a generation whose contribution continues to impact on us all in many ways, as well as to promote international tolerance and respect. “I have posted a short video to mark the day which people can access on social media channels.” Dr Claire Armstrong, Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, said: “The 75th anniversary of VE Day is an important milestone in the nation's history and we are excited to launch our virtual programme. “While the lockdown restrictions have forced us to postpone the planned physical events, we are confident that our virtual events will bring people across Scotland together in a memorable, shared moment of commemoration and celebration.” Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibbey said: “We had just issued VE Day learning resources to every school in Scotland when the lockdown came into effect. Nevertheless, these have been amended and are now an excellent way for young people to find out more about the significance of VE Day while learning at home. “We've had incredibly positive feedback from the parents who have already made use of them and would encourage anyone home schooling utilise this comprehensive digital resource.”

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