Angus veterans and civilians are invited to the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Forfar this weekend.
Saturday (May 9) marks exactly 70 years since Victory in Europe was declared towards the end of World War Two, a conflict which claimed an estimated 50 to 85 million casualties.
Scotland’s biggest membership veterans’ charity Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) will be marking the day with events at Forfar Athletic FC’s Station Park ground and the adjacent Farmington FC, Market Muir ground tomorrow.
The day will include special recognition for the local Second World War veterans and the charity is keen to hear from any before the event who have a VE Day story.
There will also be a Spitfire fly past at 2 and 7 pm, and family fun at Market Muir from 2 until 6pm, military demonstrations and vehicle displays, a 1940s dance troupe, children’s activities, and a ‘Beating Of The Retreat’ from 7pm at Station Park.
Legion Scotland volunteers and event organisers Charlie and Margaret Brown are calling on other families and the community to turn out on the day.
Army Cadet Officer and standard bearer, Captain Margaret Brown (56), said: “As an ex-service person myself I am so aware of the debt that we all owe for those sacrifices made both past and present by our military personnel. It is an honour for me to help Legion Scotland put on this event, to mark this incredible day that saw an end to one of the deadliest conflicts in our history.”
Charlie Brown, chair of the Forfar branch of Legion Scotland, said: “The local community and football clubs have all pitched in to make this a really special day of commemoration. The day will culminate with a social event in the Legion Forfar Branch Club with music provided by Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band. As with all of the day’s events, this is free, and everyone is welcome.”
Kevin Gray MM, CEO of Legion Scotland, added: “This was one of the most significant days in our nation’s history. We’re inviting everyone to come along to our fun, family day for the whole community.”
All funds raised will help Legion Scotland look after veterans in Scotland.