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A nationalistic VE Day fails to capture the spirit of the great celebration of 1945

A curious role reversal has taken place in the way we celebrate two of our national anniversaries

By Piers Brendon  

Crowds in Trafalgar Square celebrating VE Day 75 years ago. Photo: /PA Images

The way we commemorate our national anniversaries tells us as much about the present as the past. But to understand the significance of celebrating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which took place on 8th May 1945 and was described by Winston Churchill as the greatest day in our history, we need to look at the event in context. And this involves a comparison of VE Day, which marked the official end of the…

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