Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in 2020 Watch

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As the TSR Model House of Commons Culture Secretary, I am seeking views on how the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 should be commemorated in 2020 in the United Kingdom. This may be the last anniversary at which there may be a reasonable number of people who saw military or supportive civil work during the war itself, or who were held prisoner either in Nazi camps or other prisons.

I think it should be largely around four events:

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Holocaust Memorial Day)- government and ambassadors should be attending memorial events around the country.

VE Day 75th anniversary- beacons and a national service.

VJ Day 75th anniversary- something solemn to remember the horrors of the bomb.

Remembrance Day- the Cenotaph wreath laying all by people who served in some way in World War 2, instead of the normal practice of politicians doing so.

In seeking views from the House and outside, I should out of courtesy and transparency declare a personal interest in this, as three of my ancestors are known to have died in Nazi concentration camps, and another died in World War 2 military service.

(This thread is part of a Government Consultation from the Model House of Commons. You can get involved in our other threads here.)
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Posting to watch.

I personally think it's incredibly important that the lessons about the destruction caused by war and violence be remembered. :sadnod:
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Spend the Money on veterans who are dying on the streets instead
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(Original post by barnetlad)
As the TSR Model House of Commons Culture Secretary, I am seeking views on how the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 should be commemorated in 2020 in the United Kingdom. This may be the last anniversary at which there may be a reasonable number of people who saw military or supportive civil work during the war itself, or who were held prisoner either in Nazi camps or other prisons.

I think it should be largely around four events:

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Holocaust Memorial Day)- government and ambassadors should be attending memorial events around the country.

VE Day 75th anniversary- beacons and a national service.

VJ Day 75th anniversary- something solemn to remember the horrors of the bomb.

Remembrance Day- the Cenotaph wreath laying all by people who served in some way in World War 2, instead of the normal practice of politicians doing so.

In seeking views from the House and outside, I should out of courtesy and transparency declare a personal interest in this, as three of my ancestors are known to have died in Nazi concentration camps, and another died in World War 2 military service.

(This thread is part of a Government Consultation from the Model House of Commons. You can get involved in our other threads here.)
The answer would be the same stuff they did for the 50th anniversary
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Unpopular opinion but WWII has been overglorified now.
WWI is seen as the 'bad' one and WWII is seen as the 'good' one. Britain like to cream itself over its victory in WWII as it was the last good guy Vs bad guy war. Every war since even the Falklands that had a conclusive victory has been murkier in terms of a) who won b) whether we should have been fighting at all.
Am not saying it's not incredibly important to remember it but every few years there is some massive anniversary whether it's the 70th or the 75th.
People who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq should be looked after first and foremost before celebrating this as sadly the majority of veterans from WWII are now deceased.
The government are less willing to spend time and effort on veterans of recent conflicts as the conflicts themselves were unpopular.
Spend money on charities helping current homeless veterans and those suffering with mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism instead.
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(Original post by barnetlad)
As the TSR Model House of Commons Culture Secretary, I am seeking views on how the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 should be commemorated in 2020 in the United Kingdom. This may be the last anniversary at which there may be a reasonable number of people who saw military or supportive civil work during the war itself, or who were held prisoner either in Nazi camps or other prisons.

I think it should be largely around four events:

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Holocaust Memorial Day)- government and ambassadors should be attending memorial events around the country.

VE Day 75th anniversary- beacons and a national service.

VJ Day 75th anniversary- something solemn to remember the horrors of the bomb.

Remembrance Day- the Cenotaph wreath laying all by people who served in some way in World War 2, instead of the normal practice of politicians doing so.

In seeking views from the House and outside, I should out of courtesy and transparency declare a personal interest in this, as three of my ancestors are known to have died in Nazi concentration camps, and another died in World War 2 military service.

(This thread is part of a Government Consultation from the Model House of Commons. You can get involved in our other threads here.)
We should remember the fallen and their ultimate sacrifice. I don't think having four events should be the way. I suggest calling for a Bank holiday and having a full remembrance day where people can engage in the ceremony.
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(Original post by Alt Tankie)
Spend the Money on veterans who are dying on the streets instead
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