As the nation remembers the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the day the Second World War came to an end on European soil, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke reflects:
“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the greatest generation that served in combat and on the home front during the Second World War.
Whilst we now need to celebrate VE Day 75 in our homes and on our doorsteps, rather than in parades and street parties as we all wanted, I hope all our Mersey Maritime members will come together to mark this historic occasion.
In these difficult times, acts of remembrance are even more poignant and important, and I am sure everyone will want to join in remembering and giving thanks to those who gave so much to secure peace, freedom and prosperity in Europe.
We know this acutely here in our region. A region with people with the sea in our blood. A region that can justifiably be incredibly proud of the role it played in defending freedom for the world.
As we face some of the most challenging times since the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of people’s service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
We will never forget and always be thankful.”