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Braintree District Council asks public for VE Day stories and memories for online tribute

Braintree District Council asks public for VE Day stories and memories for online tribute

Residents in the Braintree district with family stories, photographs and memories from the Second World War are being asked to share as part of their VE Day celebrations.

With public events to commemorate VE Day 75 now cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, the council wants to make use of its digital platforms to ensure that the important anniversary is appropriately marked.

They are seeking stories of those who fought in the war, messages of remembrance and thanks to the Second World War generation, or photos of people celebrating indoors by displaying a message or poster, which will be used to share with the community to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member responsibly for Armed Forces, said: “Even though we can’t celebrate as we planned by attending public events, we still want to celebrate and help commemorate this very important anniversary, so we’d love to hear about your stories, see old treasured photos, and hear from family members who have memories from their loved ones. We will publish as much as we can so that we can share these personal histories to the rest of our online community.”

All local stories, photos and contributions for the VE Day 75 should be emailed to the Council at marke[email protected].