Chief Constable Gareth Morgan

Police are urging people in Lichfield and Burntwood not to head out to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A number of major events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, with people asked to find ways to mark the occasion indoors instead.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan urged people not to forget the lockdown measure by being tempted to join others to pay respect to the heroes of the Second World War tomorrow (8th May).

“We know it’s difficult, but please continue to stay at home this VE Day to remember their sacrifice and play an important part in helping to save lives and to protect today’s elderly and vulnerable, many from the generation who survived the last war or whose loved ones fought in the war to protect us. 

“While celebrations have had to be scaled back due to the ongoing pandemic, there are still plenty of ways that people can mark this special anniversary from home.

“Lockdown measures are working, let’s not undo all our effort so far.”

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police say officers will join a two minute silence at 11am tomorrow.

Ch Cons Morgan added:

“While this is an important anniversary for the country, it is important to unite in our continued fight against COVID-19 and continue to stay home and only leave for essential reasons, maintaining social distancing if you do.

“I would urge people to ask themselves if the journey they are making or what they are doing is reasonable in the current situation. We all have a shared responsibility to protect the NHS, please apply your common sense and stay home. 

“We will be united in remembering, even if we can’t all be together.” 

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police

People who are concerned about any gatherings of people in Lichfield and Burntwood during lockdown are asked to contact www.staffordshire.police.uk/report-online.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

6 replies on “Police chief urges Lichfield and Burntwood residents to commemorate 75th anniversary of VE Day in line with coronavirus guidelines”

  1. Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police:

    “Lockdown measures are working, let’s not undo all our effort so far.”

    In what way do you consider them to be working? With an estimated 50,000 dead, the economy crippled, unemployment on the rise, businesses folding daily and children uneducated for longer than a summer holiday, which – beyond all comprehension, the government still intends for schools to take.

    I imagine a significant number of people will take the risk of a fine and go and do something this weekend and it’s hard to blame them, considering Boris’ arbitrary decision to “lift some restrictions on Monday,” it reeks of peevishness to hold people in their houses for another bank holiday weekend for the sake of 3 days.

  2. The American approach is more economy driven. Presumably their pay for health service is a factor. We could follow and do similar. The fatality rate would be higher and the demographics of the victims would probably be in the elderly, ethnic minorities and the NHS workers. By extrapolation a figure of around half a million (for this outbreak.)
    We have a population of 70 million so this would be only a minor dent. We might not be the most welcome foreign travellers though.
    At least those struggling with their kids at home could get them back to school.

  3. The mixed messages are very cynical in my view. On one hand you get talk of an “easing of restrictions” which people immediately start to react to. Then you get a warning about increased car use and how that is a problem. Next you get guidance on phasing a return to work, then its only essential work and with very strict social distancing measures which are pretty unworkable in reality.

    We’ve taken the decision to keep our offices closed until July at the earliest. Its a grown up decision based on carefully considered factors about how we work and how we work with others, plus the way the infection seems to have affected other countries as well as our own. We rarely look in detail at government advice as it seems contradictory and unrealistic.

    Treat us like adults and we will respond like adults. Treat us like immature dolts with no common sense and we will respond in a similar fashion. The Government appears unwilling to be straight with people so the level of mistrust and misinformation rises accordingly.

    You get a Prime Minister confidently stating that testing will soon hit the 200,000 a day mark and within hours conformation that for 4 days running we failed to even hit the 100,000 mark.
    We get a big song and dance about PPE being flown in from Turkey and days later understand that most of it is unusable as it does not meet our safety standards.

    This is the way of our world now and has been the same for some time.

  4. I’m leaning toward against celebrating VE Day altogether. I lost 2 great uncles in WWII and my grandfather was part of the Normandy landing (thankfully he survived – though he was a shell pretty much).

    I’m not sure what it teaches us to remember such a tragic event. The loss of life and cruelty to our fellow man?
    Remember in our own way, of course. But this massive “commemorative” event leaves me feeling quite uneasy. The Lancasters and Spitfires flying overhead (collectively responsible for Thousands of deaths)….while small children wave Union Jack flags and sing “We’ll meet again”…..makes me feel cold.

    The argument that “it teaches us to not repeat the past” is, of course completely false. Since the end of the war we’ve had several mass genocides, and the UK itself has been at war several times – with huge public support at the time. So – what exactly are we remembering?! Those that fell?? Possibly. But, I chose to do that in quiet reflection during the 2 min silence, not by flag waving and cheering as bombers go over head.

    I’d much rather the money spent on this was gifted to an Ex Servicemen’s charity.

    Each to his/her own I guess.

  5. I usually visit a number of places at this time of year and have a large collection of war-time memorabilia that I exhibit. It will be the first time in many years where my collection will be remaining in my display room and only my immediate family will get to see it.
    But I will be marking tomorrow’s importance in my own way at home and I hope others feel able to do so as well.
    It is possible to make this a significant comemmoration without all and sunry congregating in one place. Follow the advice of the Chief Constable, it makes “common sense” to do it.
    We will still never forget.

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