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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day

This year the nation will commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day and West Lancashire Borough Council is planning its own special tributes.

Friday 8 May 1945 was the day the Second World War in Europe officially ended, although the war against Japan continued for a few more months.

Events to mark this special occasion are being planned across the weekend, including a service at the Cenotaph in London on Friday 8 May. There will also be a star-studded 1940s-style concert on Horse Guards Parade, London, on Saturday 9 May which will be televised.

West Lancashire Borough Council is planning to pay tribute to the men and women who served their country during World War Two by lighting up the Ormskirk Clock Tower in red, white and blue. The lights are scheduled to be lit on Friday 8 May and will remain lit at the weekend.

The Council is planning to plant two oak trees, one either side of the War Memorial, in Coronation Park, Ormskirk, as a long-lasting reminder of the anniversary. The Mayor, Leader of the Council and Leader of the Opposition will be invited to attend a ceremony in Coronation Park on Saturday 9 May in the presence of veterans, to mark the planting of these trees.

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