May 8, 2020 was the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. It is the day recognized as the end of the Second World War in Europe and great celebrations took place when the guns fell silent.
Unfortunately, plans for a large celebration in Sidney had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a small ceremony to recognize this historic event took place at the Memorial Fountain at the Mary Winspear Centre, with physical distancing in practice, and it was filmed to share virtually.
Cry for Peace
On May 8, 2020, Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore joined Town Criers from around the world to give the "Cry for Peace" in Sidney, British Columbia.
Kenny Podmore was joined by Laine Bennett of the Saanich Peninsula Royal Canadian Legion Branch #37 holding the Canadian Flag, and Malcolm Braisford of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Unit #302 holding the Dutch Flag in remembrance of Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands.