Gloomy weather has often been a feature of Victory in Europe Day (Huit Mai, or Fête de la Victoire) since my wife Jan and I have been attending the solemn ceremony at Daglan’s war memorial.
For instance, some of my previous postings were “V-E Day 2015: Damp but dignified” and “2012: Our damp V-E Day ceremony.”
But today’s ceremony was the wettest yet, and in fact as I write this I can hear the rain beating down on the Velux window above me.
It looked to me like today’s crowd was (perhaps not surprisingly) a bit sparse, compared with the crowds of other years. And because I spent much of the time huddling under my umbrella, I didn’t get the chance to take photos. So I’m afraid you’ll have to consult previous postings if you want to get a sense of how the ceremony looks.
In any event, as always, I’m glad that Jan and I had the chance to honour the sacrifices that so many Europeans — and so many of their Allies — made during that awful war that finally ended 74 years ago.