Boris Johnson says Britain needs “the same spirit of national effort” to defeat the coronavirus, as World War II veterans have shown to overthrow Hitler.
The Prime Minister thanked veterans whose efforts to defeat a “brutal enemy” would always be “remembered” on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
In a letter to World War II veterans, Mr. Johnson wrote, “On this anniversary we are engaged in a new battle against the corona virus, which requires the same spirit of national endeavors as 75 years ago.
“We cannot pay tribute to the parades and street celebrations we enjoyed in the past; your loved ones may not be able to visit in person.
“But please allow us, your proud countrymen, first to express our gratitude, our heartfelt thanks, and our solemn promise: you will always be remembered.”
Boris Johnson (pictured in Westminster Abbey) has thanked veterans whose efforts to defeat a ‘brutal enemy’ would always be ‘remembered’ on the 75th anniversary of VE Day
Mr. Johnson wrote, “But let us, your proud countrymen, be the first to offer our gratitude, our heartfelt thanks, and our solemn promise: you will always be remembered.”
The Prime Minister’s letter comes in a time of division as Tory MPs urge him to lift lockdown restrictions soon to avoid an economic depression, while Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns of a possible second wave of infections.
In his letter, Mr. Johnson described those involved in the struggle to defeat Nazism as “simply the best generation of British people to ever live.”
Praising those who served on the front lines and those involved in the efforts of the home front, adding, “Our celebration of the anniversary of victory could create the impression that somehow Hitler’s downfall was inevitable . You know better.
“You remember moments of crisis, even despair, when our country endured setbacks, defeats and serious loss. What made the difference was your courage, steadfastness, and quiet but invincible courage. ‘
Britain announced 539 coronavirus victims on Thursday, while the official toll in the UK rose to 30,615
Mr. Johnson wrote, “We are engaged in a new fight against the coronavirus, which requires the same spirit of national endeavors as 75 years ago.”
The prime minister described those involved in the struggle to defeat Nazism as “simply the best generation of Britons to ever live” (photo, 1945 ration queue)
Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, the British government chose to move the bank holiday from early May – usually held on the first Monday of the month – to May 8 so that the UK can celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Europe celebration in 1945 to celebrate.
But the ban on mass events, which was introduced on March 23 to curb the spread of the virus, means that the celebrations will be more restrained than originally expected.
The Conservative party leader labeled the NHS as “invincible” in its fight against Covid-19 in a speech following his release in intensive care last month, suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.
Tributes to World War veterans come from across the political spectrum, echoing Mr Johnson’s acknowledgments.
The Prime Minister praised those who served on the front lines and those involved in the efforts of the home front, adding: “Our celebration of the anniversary of victory could give the impression that somehow Hitler’s downfall was inevitable . You know better ‘
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will highlight in a video message released today the legacy of ‘those who rebuilt and renewed our country after the war’.
He will select the NHS, the welfare state and the ‘recognition of human rights’.
“In normal times, we would pay tribute to their performance at street parties, in meetings and events in the Cenotaph,” he says.
“We can’t do this this year, we can’t be together this year. We commemorate those who stood together for a better future.
“We remember their service, as well as their sacrifice.
“We also pay tribute to those who rebuilt and renewed our country after the war. They have built a better future based on their values. ‘
Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrat, said: “This anniversary we must honor the sacrifices made and commit to protecting international cooperation and hard-won peace across Europe so that we never see the death and destruction of the Second World War. again. ”
The Conservative Party leader labeled the NHS as “invincible” in her fight against Covid-19 in a speech after his own release in intensive care last month
VE Day will be marked with small commemorations in Parliament, with speakers from both the Commons and the Lords expected to pay tribute.
They will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Westminster Hall, led by the Speaker’s Chaplain, coinciding with the two-minute silence at 11 a.m.
A trumpet player from the Band of the Scots Guard will ring the Last Post.
Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle reads excerpts from a speech by Winston Churchill in the Commons on May 8, 1945, announcing the surrender of Germany, ending World War II in Europe.
In the evening, the Queen gives a personal address from Windsor Castle.
It will air on television at 9 p.m., while her father, King George VI, delivered a radio speech in 1945 to mark the end of hostilities on the continent.