19th Feb, 2019

City falls silent for VE Day's 70th

Coventry Editorial 14th May, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY fell silent once more as the city commemorated VE Day.

Crowds gathered in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) and remember those who gave their lives in World War Two.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Michael Hammon, and Canon Stephen Fielding from Coventry Cathedral laid the commemorative wreath in the ruins of the cathedral bombed by the Luftwaffe during the 1941 Coventry Blitz.

Speaking about the day, Coun Hammon said: “It was a great honour to be able to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Coventry to commemorate the ending of the war in Europe.

“There is no more fitting setting than in the ruins of the city’s Cathedral, which now stands as an international symbol of Peace and Reconciliation, for us to remember the ending of hostilities in Europe 70 years ago.

“Coventry is now well known and respected throughout the world as the ‘City of Peace and Reconciliation’ and we continue to share this message with future generations.”

In the wake of VE Day, the government is expected to also announce plans in the coming weeks to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), which will include a day of major events on August 15.

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