PM hails 'greatest generation' as nation marks 75th VE Day anniversary

As people across the UK prepare to remember the end of the Second World War in Europe at home this year, Boris Johnson has written to veterans thanking them for their “valour, fortitude and quiet yet invincible courage” during that conflict. We remember their service, and also their sacrifice.” Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said we “must never grow complacent or be fooled into thinking that war is impossible”.  In a video address filmed in lockdown, the Archbishop of Canterbury called on people to honour the sacrifice of the wartime generation by remembering the importance of reconciliation and holding on to hope. Justin Welby reflected on “the years of courage and sacrifice” between a National Prayer Day in May 1940, when the outlook was bleak, and the end of the war in Europe on 8 May 1945. Last month, the Queen used one of Dame Vera’s most famous wartime lyrics when she told the country in a televised address: “We will meet again.” The UK is set to fall silent for two minutes at 11am as it honours the sacrifice of the Second World War generation. Royal Air Force flypasts over London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, a rebroadcast of Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech, and a message from the Queen are also among the national activities taking place.