|Village war memorial VE Day 2020|
Day fifty-three, 8th May 2020
75th anniversary Victory in Europe Day
8th May is always a public holiday here in France to commemorate VE Day, the end of Second World War in Europe. We usually mark the occasion with the laying of flowers at the village war memorial accompanied by an address from the government, read out by the Maire, and a minute’s silence. We then congregate in the salle des fêtes for a shared moment of conviviality with friends and neighbours, where apero nibbles and drinks are served.
|Village floral tribute VE Day 2020|
Despite today marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, the current war with Covid-19 meant this morning there was no ceremony, no gathering of villagers and no vin d’honneur or tasty treats from the boulangerie. I popped down to take a photo after the Maire had laid the floral tribute, and the only movement in the centre of the village was the fluttering of the flags in the breeze. It was a rather subdued and ordinary day to mark such a momentous anniversary.