VE Day 75
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Although we are not able to gather together to remember those who served, we are still able individually to make small gestures of commemoration. In Eltisley we shall be observing the two minutes silence at 11 o' clock and the Nation's Toast at 3 o' clock, and many houses and gardens are showing red white and blue bunting and the Union Jack.
The two Eltisley men who gave their lives are remembered on this website and in St Pandionia's Church. Though they served and died in different ways and thousands of miles apart it is very likely that they knew each other. The house where Ron Mitchell lived overlooks the village green and John Hall's home is only a few minute's stroll away. It seems almost impossible that they didn't meet at one of Eltisley's two pubs or at the cricket pavilion whilst watching a match.
But VE Day is not just about those who were combatants. Eltisley villagers served as ARP Wardens, in the WVS and the Royal Observer Corps. Safe enough you may think - but our member of the Observer Corps served as a spotter on an American freighter bringing vital supplies across the Atlantic, and air raid precautions were very necessary in a village which was only a few minutes flying time from many Bomber Command Stations in East Anglia.
So here in Eltisley we shall be remembering and giving thanks to all those who served - no matter in what capacity.