Marking VE Day from Belfast Cathedral
On 8th May, 2020, in Coronavirus Lockdown, we remember and mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) with images from Belfast Cathedral which remind us of the sacrifice of a previous generation to preserve our freedom and way of life, and the celebrations which this day brought in 1945.
The Service Standards of those who fought and died in the Second World War
Soldiers at prayer on VE Day 1945, next to to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. A place of prayer for everyone through the dark days of war. (Photo NI War Memorial & Belfast Cathedral)
Crowds gather at the City Hall to hear Winston Churchill's declaration that the War in Europe is won. (Phot0 NI War Memorial)
In memory of those from these shores who served and laid down their lives
(Plaque from the RIR Military Chapel)
The Memorial which lists the
"The Royal Irish Rangers Battle Honours on the Queen's Colour"
as found in the Military Chapel
Battle Honours won during the Second World War
As Winston Churchill reminded those celebrating VE Day on 8th June, victory had not yet been won in the Far East. Our Cathedral's memorial to those who were still fighting in Burma and other theatres of the East.
In the VE Day celebrations, always a place of reflection to remember and give thanks for past sacrifice, and to hold in prayer those on today's front lines.