Friday, May 21, 2010

VE Day Thanksgiving

Ritson family group outside Buckingham Palace (1949)
Marie Ritson (née Cranfield), Agnes Ritson (née Cunningham), Ronald Ritson.
On VE Day 1945 large crowds celebrated the end of the war here
(From family phohotograph collection)
The above photograph was taken outside Buckingham Palace in 1949. During WW2 Marie served in the WAAF in the London area, while Ronald served in the RAMC, in the UK and NW Europe. On this occasion they are showing Ronald's mother Agnes one the principal tourist attractions of London.
On VE Day, 8 May 1945 a large crowd of people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to cheer the King and Queen and the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. For this day, at least, a short period of rejoicing was appropriate. On 8 May 2010 the British Legion helped commemorate the 65th anniversary of VE Day with an event in London.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The following extract is taken from the Royal British Legion:
“VE Day 1945 was a time for celebration and thanksgiving with friends and family, sitting by the wireless set and listening to speeches by Winston Churchill and the King. For many families it was a time for quiet reflection, knowing that their loved one had given their all for King and country and would never join them around the family table again.
As custodians of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion commemorated this special day with The Nation's Greatest Ever Salute on Saturday 8 May, following a service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.”
More information about events marking the 65th anniversary of VE Day and the end of WW2 can be found on the following RBL website:

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