11 May 2015

VE Day with Vera

Vera, my grandmother with two names, was in London for much of the Second World War.  She often told me of that momentous day.

It was just a few weeks before her 30th birthday, in 1945, when she joined the crowds in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and along The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace.

It was certainly a victory for Vera, her children and her parents.  They had all survived the war.  Soon her husband would be returning home, too.

Vera lived to be 95 years old, with an active mind until the very end.  She would have been 100 this year, if she had lived a little longer.

And she would certainly have wanted to watch the recent commemorations on television.