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VE Day

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In today’s VE Day’s commemorations, we are remembering the sacrifices that were made by men, women and children this time 75 years ago, and we are celebrating the new sense of camaraderie that we have to be thankful for today.

Our Colours Sergeant PC Mark Atterbury has paid tribute at Chaddesden Park war memorial alongside Derby’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Cooper.

Historically, colour sergeants were responsible for carrying their battalions' colours (flag or insignia) to rally troops in battles. PC Atterbury now does this with pride with our force colours and flag.

Together, Cllr Cooper and PC Atterbury encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their areas, and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by them.

We have a number of officers in force that are former members of the armed services themselves, and who will be marking the anniversary of 'Victory in Europe Day' - the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end – in their own ways.

On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before.

As our chief constable highlighted earlier today, we’re sure that today’s celebrations would be different if social distancing measures weren’t in place.

But instead, we’re celebrating today with the people we live with, via video messaging with our loved ones and friends or in other socially distant ways.

To find out more about the history behind VE Day, the struggles, the sacrifices and what it means to us today, visit the Royal British Legion’s website: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

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Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

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