VE Day remembrance tribute at City Hall
6 May 2015
The 70th anniversary of VE Day is being marked with the lighting of a beacon in the grounds of Belfast City Hall this Friday, 8 May that will form part of a chain around the United Kingdom.
Members of the public are invited to attend the event, one of a number taking place across Northern Ireland.
In Belfast. World War ll veteran, Marelle Murphy, will say a few words of reflection before the beacon is lit at 9 32pm.
The lighting of the beacon will mark the beginning of a weekend of national commemoration across the UK which will move from remembrance to celebration (Saturday) and thanksgiving (Sunday).
The Belfast event is being organised in association with the Royal British Legion and the beacon will remain lit for one hour. No tickets are required for admission to this short outdoor commemoration.
Other VE day tributes during the weekend will be shown on the City Hall’s Big Screen including:
The Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London at 2.45pm-3.30pm on Friday, 8 May;
‘A Party to Remember’ concert from 7.30pm-10pm on Saturday, 9 May; and
‘The Nation Remembers’ from 10am-1.30pm on Sunday, 10 May.
VE Day on 8 May represents an important milestone in the world’s history as it was on that day – 70 years ago – when peace was declared and so brought an end to nearly six years of war across Europe.