VE day plea to remember the sacrifices made

Norfolk County Council Chaplain, Rev Dr Liviu Barbu, has issued a message to mark the VE Day 75th commemorations on May 8.


Today, it will be 75 years since the Allied forces finally declared victory in the greatest war in human history. Whilst for some this feels an age ago, for others it is the war of only yesterday’s generation, with veterans of VE Day still alive to share their stories.
How could a war of this scale happen, and could it ever be possible to go through this experience again? There are still people in the world - people like us - with children and families, who right now are enduring the ordeals of wars.
As history tends to repeat itself in different guises, we ought to keep the past in sight and work ever harder in the present so that the perennial ills of wars, the desire for power and dominion over others, may not surface again so forcefully. We are all one human race, congenitally linked to one another in all and every part of our planet. That thought should come first in our ideals of peace and unity as we try, more patiently and lovingly, to accept one another and celebrate our beautiful, though sometimes stark, differences of colour, language, culture, customs and ways of life.  
Remaining together in good as well as difficult times, when there was little or no hope, people of good will and strong character carried on with amazing courage and resilience and with an unfailing expectation of victory. Their faith in a good cause gave them strength in battles whilst sometimes facing the impossible. Our freedoms, ways of life and ideals had been saved from a destructive ideology by such people - our fathers, mothers and grandparents. If they did it, we can also surely do it again together.
Celebrating the exalting joy of May 1945, we remember all triumphs and the good things in our lives. In these trying modern times we are being asked, in a way, “to ration” our resources and to celebrate the victory more inwardly, and perhaps more truly so, with no big parties, but with open hearts, filled with thanksgiving and compassion.
Today we are tried by altogether different adversities, yet our response resembles that of those who lived through the Second World War. When faced with danger, we get together and become stronger. With light and hope in sight, NCC is doing its best to care for everyone, with extra funding and special programs.
A big thank you to our councillors, staff and volunteers for ensuring the smooth and efficient running of our institutions and normality in crisis time, especially trying to reach those who are most vulnerable, suffering or alone, or who need comfort, help and company. It would not have been possible without your courage and hard work.  
The solemn moment of VE day is marked on Friday at 11am by two minutes of silence. I will pause with you to reflect on the great sacrifices made in the war and say a prayer for our brave veterans, our armed forces, the Queen and the country. 

In reverend silence, we remember and honour our fellow countrymen and all those in the world who fought and went through WWII. Their exemplary sacrifice in times of great necessity is remembered by us all and it will also be by future generations. May their memory be eternal!

Follows the commemorations across Norfolk County Council:


Pictured above is the Union Jack flying about County Hall in Norwich. Picture courtesy of Norfolk County Council.
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Published: 08/05/2020