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08-05-05, 19:38
Thousands of people across Britain have been commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Germany. More than 40 million people had lost their lives by the time World War II ended in Europe on 8 May 1945.

Prince Charles marked VE Day by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London before meeting veterans in Hyde Park. A special televised BBC VE Day concert, presented by Eamonn Holmes and Natasha Kaplinsky concert, is under way, with 15,000 people expected to attend.


At 2000 BST a Dakota DC3 flew at 1,500 feet over Big Ben, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. The flight by the plane, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, signalled the start of the concert, headlined by Will Young and Katie Melua.

"Forces' sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn will make a guest appearance. "These boys gave their lives and some came home badly injured and for some families life would never be the same," Dame Vera said. "We should always remember, we should never forget and we should teach the children to remember."


Prince Charles launched the first service of the day at the London Cenotaph. It was followed by a march of around 2,300 servicemen through Hyde Park. The prince was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall at the 81st annual parade and service of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association at the park's Cavalry Memorial.

Neville Gillman, 87, from Chesham, Bucks, a former Desert Rat, who is now president of the Sharp Shooters' Yeomanry Association, said it was a "moving occasion". "This lady came up to me and said 'I just want to take this opportunity to thank you'. What can you say. We just did what we had to do," he added.

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08-05-05, 21:25
Oh god i feel terrible been working all weekend i had no idea it was this time already. Thankyou for reminding me i should pay osme kind of respect tomorrow. I for one appreciate everything that the fallen have achieved for us.

So thankyou to all.

08-05-05, 22:45
We owe them so much. I hope everyone took a few minutes today to think of all they sacrificed.

My grandfather was killed in the last months of WWI at the Battle for Tilloy-les-Moufflaines. I visited his grave in France this past October. It was an incredible experience.

[ 08. May 2005, 23:50: Message edited by: tazmine ]