VE Day 75th anniversary commemorated during coronavirus lockdowns

Pipe major Andy Reid of The Scots Guards plays his pipes on the cliffs of Dover, Kent, as two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain memorial flight fly overhead, ahead of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day May 8, 2020.

WWII veteran Bernard Morgan, aged 96, poses as he takes part in the VE day two minute silence outside his home and alongside neighbors on the street on May 8, 2020 in Crewe, United Kingdom. RAF Sergeant Bernard Morgan was a 20-year-old code and cipher operator, part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. His role was to advance with the land forces across Europe and encrypt messages for pilots and UK command. He received and printed out the first official original telex message, declaring the end of hostilities and the "THE GERMAN WAR IS NOW OVER" and now proudly keeps it in his possession.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, lays a wreath of flowers at the statue of General Charles de Gaulle during VE Day ceremonies May 8, 2020 in Paris. The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe should be all about parades, remembrances, and one last great hurrah for veteran soldiers who are mostly in their nineties. Instead, it is a time of coronavirus lockdown and loneliness spent in search of memories both bitter and sweet.

In a handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on May 8, 2020, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly over the statue of Sir Winston Churchill to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the end of the Second World War in Europe, in central London.

People wearing face masks walk past a monument at the open-air World War Two museum in Kiev on May 8, 2020. Ukraine has cancelled mass events on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

A piper plays as Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales lays a wreath following the 2 minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe at the Balmoral War Memorial in central Scotland on May 8, 2020.

Graham looks on as his wife Sue Gillson untangles a flag on their roof on their home ahead of a 2-minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the end of the Second World War in Europe, in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire on May 8, 2020. The two original cloth Union cloth flags on their roof flew outside Sue's family home in Poplar, east London on VE Day 1945.

Katarzyna Goral, an employee of the Polish city of Zgorzelec, puts one of a total of 75 red roses into a border fence on the Old Town Bridge on the Polish border in Zgorzelec east of the Neisse River, Goerlitz, Germany, May 8, 2020. May 8th marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation from National Socialism.

People applaud as a WWII veteran walks past after two minutes of silence was observed in Whitehall in London, May 8, 2020 on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe should be all about parades, remembrances, and one last great hurrah for veteran soldiers who are mostly in their nineties. Instead, it is a time of coronavirus lockdown and loneliness spent in search of memories both bitter and sweet.

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery carry out a socially distanced parade of 20 soldiers with their first world war Guns to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a 2 minute silence in Woolwich on May 8, 2020 in London, England.

A detailed view of poppy wreaths and other tributes on the grave of Sir Winston Churchill in the cemetery of St Martin's Church on May 8, 2020 in Bladon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

Residents of Cambrian Road dressed up in period costume take part in a street party to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Chester, northwest England on May 8, 2020.

(L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current president of the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament) and Brandenburg's state premier Dietmar Woidke and Andreas Vosskuhle, President of Germany's Constitutional Court, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin, Germany, May 8, 2020. Europe and the United States mark 75 years since the end of World War II on Friday, May 8, 2020 in a sombre mood as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of elaborate ceremonies even as Berlin declares an exceptional holiday for the first time.

People on a Vespa adorned with a Union Flag ride past the Centotaph in Whitehall in London, May 8, 2020 on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

Graves of French soldiers killed during World War II are picture at the military cemetery in Sigolsheim , France, May 8, 2020.

The empty Champs Elysee avenue is pictured before VE Day ceremonies Friday May 8, 2020 in Paris.

A man walks a dog near a VE Day tribute that is displayed on one of the screens in London's Piccadilly Circus on May 8, 2020 on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

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