Legion’s poignant salute on 70th anniversary of VE Day

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead.
V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead.

Today the Hemel Hempstead branch of the Royal British Legion marked the VE Day anniversary with the laying of poppy wreaths.

May 8, 1945 – also known as Victory in Europe Day – was declared a public holiday and saw people across the country rejoice at the announcement of the end of the Second World War.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. MP Mike Penning lays a wreath.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. MP Mike Penning lays a wreath.

Neighbours came out in force to celebrate with street parties and crowds gathered on The Mall in London to capture a glimpse of the royal family waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

This morning at the war memorial on St John’s Road, Boxmoor MP Mike Penning, town mayor Allan Lawson and the legion’s president Bob Fisher all laid a wreath of poppies as a mark of respect for the fallen soldiers.

They were joined by the Salvation Army’s Paul Burr, who played The Last Post on his bugle.

Pupils from both the Hemel Hempstead School and Southhill Primary School also attended.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. Bob Fisher of Hemel Hempstead Royal British Legion lays a wreath.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. Bob Fisher of Hemel Hempstead Royal British Legion lays a wreath.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. Mayor Allan Lawson lays a wreath.

V E Day at Boxmoor Memorial, Hemel Hempstead. Mayor Allan Lawson lays a wreath.