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At 15:00 on 14 May 15 a two minute silence was held, at BIS HQ, to remember those who gave their lives to bring an end to the war in Europe in 1945. This was then followed by the laying of a wreath of poppies by Martin Donnelly, the BIS Permanent Secretary, on behalf of the Ministers and Staff of BIS.

Here is a copy of Martin’s speech:

This ceremony is in memory of all those who gave their lives to bring an end to the war in Europe in 1945.

It coincides with the service taking place around the corner at the Cenotaph, which is being attended by political leaders, the Chief of the Defence Staff, members of the armed forces, and representatives of Second World War veteran groups.

The timing of these remembrance ceremonies marks the moment Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation on VE Day: 8 May, 1945.

In his speech, he gave thought to the future: to us. He said: “In the long years to come, not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we’ve done and they will say “do not despair, do not yield to violence and tyranny, march straightforward and die if need be – unconquered.”

As well as today’s ceremonies, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey on Sunday, which will include thanksgiving for reconciliation and unity, and prayers for peace.

A parade of over 2,000 people will take place following the service, going from Westminster Abbey to Horse Guards Parade, passing the balcony where Churchill appeared before the crowds on VE Day, after his speech.

There will also be a flypast of current and historic aircraft to conclude the parade.

I thank you for attending today and remembering those who lost their lives to bring an end to the war in Europe. We owe them much. Thank you.

The Ceremony was attended by BIS personnel and uniformed members of UKTI DSO.

 

Martin Donnelly with senior BIS staff and uniformed members of UKTI DSO.

Martin Donnelly with senior BIS staff and uniformed members of UKTI DSO.

 

 

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