By remembering the spirit and unity shown by people 75 years ago, says Sixth Former Rob, we can draw inspiration and courage to face the challenges of today.
VE Day is, for me, the celebration of the spirit and unity which was shown throughout the course of the Second World War by not only the service men who gave their lives on the front, but by all the civilians who did their part in the war effort.
There were small acts carried out by large numbers of people, such as blacking out the windows in cities at night, and the thousands of women who worked in factories to provide munitions for the soldiers on the front. Then there were the great acts of courage by ordinary members of society such as the incredible rescue of the British army at Dunkirk via civilian fishing boats from the South Coast. While it is easy to remember the sacrifices of the Allied nations, we must also remember and appreciate those who did their part against the Nazi regime within Germany. Whether it was small groups of resistance or young adults who revolted against the ideas of the Nazis such as the Edelweiss Pirates. Many sacrifices were made by the people of Germany who would not accept the evil regime of the Nazis.
By remembering the spirit and unity shown by people 75 years ago we can draw inspiration and courage to face the challenges of today. The members of the NHS and all health care services around the globe, who are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19 deserve our utmost gratitude. What we are experiencing now is a perfect example of the will power and determination that can be achieved when people work together and most of all support one another. Whether it is by donating to the NHS or simply joining in on the 8:00pm clap on a Thursday evening, people from all over the UK are coming together.