VE Day Celebrations

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Lotus7, May 6, 2015.

  1. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    While I remember !

    Tuesday 8th. May 1945
    Filling up with petrol while Hewie has day in Venice. Packed most of the
    tanks. Dinner was just for Bill & I. Boys came back from leave 'dry'.

    Wednesday 9th. May 1945
    All packed ready for move to Austria of all places but cancelled when S.S.
    Division packed in. Parcel from home with Kummel

    Ron
     
  2. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    A few pictures from last night in Belfast.

    *****Take a look *****
    That is Able Seaman Henry Murphy C / JX 363276 holding a letter which was sent to his mother telling her he had been Killed in Action!!
     

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  3. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    How distressing for poor Mum, thanks for the photos and sharing
     
  4. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Just been watching on TV for an hour and saw your piece Ron, right on time! You spoke so well :)
    The Queen is amazing, how she keeps going. The British certainly know how to present these elaborate ceremonies.
     
  5. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting up with my Dad's former comrade Charles Ward (London Irish Rifles and SOE, 1939-46) and his wife Margaret (FANYs and SOE, 1943 -46) this morning in Westminster and also had a delightful conversation with Walter Hart of RAMC (1939 - 1946).

    A remarkable trio amongst so many others...all unsung..my Mum and Dad were also both looking down and smiling in poignant reflection of that VE Day day in May 1945 when they were in Udine and Whitehall respectively...

    best

    ps and also thanks to PC Redman for getting us through the crowds beforehand..
     

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  6. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Ron,
    Thanks for a thoughtful insight on the BBC's VE70 coverage this morning. Great respect and gratitude to you and all the other veterans who secured the peace we enjoy today. Our remembrance too of those who didn't come home having made the ultimate sacrifice. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
     
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  7. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Have to admit that thanks to some very clever editing (and quite a bit of cutting) the BBC managed to get most of my message across.

    I am indebted to them for not cutting out the few words I said about my dear late brother Jack.

    I wonder how many viewers spotted the words cut into the grass at Forty Hall.

    They said "Lest we forget !"

    Ron
     
  8. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Have to apologise Ron, I missed you on TV this morning due to other commitments. I'll look and see if I can get it on repeat somewhere.
     
  9. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Nice interview, Ron.
     
  10. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    See here Ron at 24 minutes 40 seconds.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05v2dxn/ve-day-70-5-the-nation-remembers
     
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  12. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    I think Mum would have had quite a shock when her Son returned safe and well at the end of the war!
     
  13. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Gage

    Many thanks for the link

    Ron
     
  14. Caz65

    Caz65 Member

    I watched the whole of the BBC tv coverage of the VE 70th anniversary this morning and was so pleased to see Ron - well done for a lovely interview. My heart and thanks went out to all the veterans who were able to be there and my thoughts then turned to those who sadly never made it home. You were ALL heroes - thank you every one! I will never forget.
    Carol
     
  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    You're welcome.
     
  16. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

  17. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Thanks to Gage I was able to see your tribute Ron, very moving.


    David
     
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  18. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    On Friday 8th May 2015 at 9:32pm a VE70 Beacon was lit in Coronation Park, Launceston by Royal Naval veteran Edwin Pearce, Youth Council member George Bairns and Mayor Dave Gordon.

    More of the event with Launceston Town Band can be seen here:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=p84GNdkfMQI
     

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  19. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    On Friday night the 8th May at approximately 9.30 pm the Sparrows Nest Beacon in Lowestoft was lit. It was well attended by the British
    Legion, Army, Air Force Cadets and the public, there was several veterans there to. I did get to speak to one a Mr Harold J Whitewood
    who was in the RAF a fascinating man who spent a lot of time around the Mediterranean especially Malta. The weather started out very wet but just for a moment between 9/10pm the rain stopped for the celebration. The Brass Band entertained everyone with music from the 1940's and the movies.


    David
     
  20. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    So my dear friend Tom Canning said he was not sure whether to wear his medals and blazer for Church for the VE Day anniversary. So I told Trooper Canning to get on parade. After all my father JB Smethurst and uncle AB Smethurst MC were officers ....

    So proud to know Tom and we were introduced some 7 years ago via the Forum
     

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