On the 75th anniversary of 'Victory in Europe' Day, the PPU will be joining with many others in remembering the victims of the Second World War, both civilians and armed forces personnel, of all nationalities.
We will be emphasising that this is a time for mourning and learning from the past, so we will be challenging attempts to use the anniversary of a mass slaughter as an occasion to celebrate. We will speak out against simplistic narratives about World War Two and against attempts to conflate World War Two with more recent armed conflicts.
The UK government is planning celebratory events such as "The Nation's Toast", when they want people to drink toasts at the same time as each other on 8th May. But they are also calling for events to celebrate peace. We will urge them to fit their actions to their words by pursuing policies that lead to peace, rather than simply talking about it.
More information will be avilable soon about our plans for the VE Day anniversary, and our challenges to its misuse by the government, armed forces and arms companies. In the meantime, if you're planning something, want to join in or have questions for us, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7424 9444.