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2020 May Bank Holiday Change

Take note........

Next year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48565417

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Millions will now google "What's VE Day" and millions more won't even bother to do that. I'd bet that beside those options the third group, those who know what it's about is probably quite small. Unfortunately.
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I reckon it should always have been a public holiday (not a bank holiday) but I donít believe that it should be at the expense of the May Day holiday given what it is supposed to represent to ordinary people.

I would have expected a government of any shade to proclaim VE Day as an extra public holiday due to the specific anniversary.

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And sadly VJ Day is even less well known, several of my wife's Uncles, whilst they survived the prison camps, they suffered badly as captured solders and sadly felt forgotten.

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It's not just GB folk.

In the mid 50s, my late father in law took an American relative for a Thames boat ride that included the docklands.

She asked why there was so much destruction and he told her it was bomb damage, to which she said "Gee, did you have a war too?"

He could have thrown her in... 🙄
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It's not just GB folk.

In the mid 50s, my late father in law took an American relative for a Thames boat ride that included the docklands.

She asked why there was so much destruction and he told her it was bomb damage, to which she said "Gee, did you have a war too?"

He could have thrown her in... 🙄
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I know it's not funny but that did make me laugh out loud!
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Flip side....

We were in Berlin with a German history teacher who is VERY knowledgeable and a great friend,

As we walked around we commented on the wide avenues, the superb parks and of course the Brandenburg Gate....

His comment; "it's all thanks to you lot, you cleared the small streets away"

He also showed us the only hill in Berlin and said "that's yours too, after the war all the bombed buildings were bulldozed into this hill, the Americans then took it over a put a radio and visual spy station on top !"

So that is the flip side... .

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Although I am aware of both D-Day and VE Day until now Ihad never done the calculatiion that there was only 11 months and 2 days separating them - not long for the Allies to get from Normandy Beaches to Berlin.


Well done all the lads and comiserations for those who did not make it all the way.


My Father only followed up as a RE Officer to help clear up the mess and then to take over maintenance of Hesse's 'home' in Spandau prison.


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Although I am aware of both D-Day and VE Day until now Ihad never done the calculatiion that there was only 11 months and 2 days separating them - not long for the Allies to get from Normandy Beaches to Berlin.


Well done all the lads and comiserations for those who did not make it all the way.


My Father only followed up as a RE Officer to help clear up the mess and then to take over maintenance of Hesse's 'home' in Spandau prison.


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Yes indeed Geoff and helped in no small way by Russian forces keeping the bulk of the German army busy in the East.

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Yes indeed Geoff and helped in no small way by Russian forces keeping the bulk of the German army busy in the East.

Terry

Because Stalin wanted Berlin. Fortunately he did not get it all, or the post-WWII history of Europe might have been different.



Agreed, but unfortunately for Poland it meant that USSR occupied Poland, the country we went to war on Sept. 3rd 1939 to free from Nazi invasion.


A lot of Poles have never forgiven Churchill and Roosevelt for ceding Poland to Stalin at the Yalta Conference and subjecting them to Communist Rule until 1989. That includes members of this household which remind me regularly.


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