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City prepares to mark VE Day

Veterans will lead the commemorations as Wolverhampton marks the 69th anniversary of VE Day on Thursday 8 May, 2014.

They will join with civic dignitaries and members of the public to mark the anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies - an event which heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion and the Ex-Service Council will hold a service of remembrance and lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square, at 11.30am.

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal said: "VE Day is an opportunity for the nation to remember the courage and bravery of millions of men and women who served, and in many cases, died for their country during the Second World War.

"That we are here today as free men and women is a testament to those who helped our country at its time of greatest need, both in the conflict zone and on the Home Front."

Lyndon Purnell, chair of the central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, added: "I'd like to invite people to join us and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served for their country - at home and abroad - during the Second World War."

The service will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.

  • released: Wednesday 23 April, 2014