Across Scotland, railway stations held several events for VE Day – Friday 8th May 2020, to pay tribute to the people who gave their lives in the World War 2 to bring peace to Europe 75 years ago in 1945.
The stations are a lot quieter than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic but passengers who still need to travel heard the stories of War in 1945.
Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central held a two-minute silence and wreath-laying at 11 am.
At 3 pm, train horns sounded in stations followed by lone pipers, Darach Urquhart from Network Rail Engineer, and LNER train manager, David Johnston.
Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Scotland route director, said: “Rail had a key role in Britain’s war effort in the 1940s moving troops and materials around the nation. Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley would have also played a poignant part in many personal experiences of the War as the point of departure for service personnel travelling south, many for the last time. We are determined that, despite the very different challenge the country is facing today, our stations will take a moment to remember the sacrifices made on our behalf 75 years ago.”
Katie Ashby from the D-Day Darlings said: “We are so proud to be able to deliver a special message on such a momentous day, to all the people who are continuing to keep us safe.”
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