St Helena will join more than 200 Beacon locations in lighting a special Beacon to mark the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on the evening of Friday, 8 May 2015, following the lighting of the Principal Beacon outside Windsor Castle by Her Majesty The Queen at 9.30pm.
On St Helena, the special gas fuelled Beacon produced for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012, with a unique burner head in the shape of a diamond, will be lit by the Hon Deputy Speaker, Mrs Cathy Hopkins, on the Terrace directly above the Archway in Jamestown.
Notes for Editors
VE Day marks the official end of hostilities in Europe for the Second World War on 8 May 1945, following the formal unconditional surrender of German Forces. It was an occasion of national celebration, yet also one of sombre reflection for those who would not return. This anniversary will celebrate the achievements of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the allies in their victory overseas and on the Home Front, but will also pay tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during six long years of conflict.
5 May 2014