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Lord-Lieutenant’s Service of Thanksgiving for 75th Anniversary of VE Day and for Voluntary Organisations goes online today

Friday, 8 May 2020

Each year HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis holds a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the work of the voluntary organisations.

The theme for the service was to be the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Lord-Lieutenant has moved her traditional service to an online service.

This virtual service, which includes an address and blessing from the Lord Bishop of St Albans & Bishop of Bedford respectively and previously unseen video footage, will be an opportunity for us to remember all those who gave so much in WW2 to secure peace as well as those today who have joined together to support others through the COVID19 emergency.

Speaking about the service the Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis said: 

Each year I am delighted to hold a Service of Thanksgiving to honour the thousands of people who volunteer and who play such a significant role in building kind and cohesive communities. Today volunteers in every town and village in Bedfordshire are working selflessly to look after those in need at this time of emergency. The beating heart of this county is steady and sound and grows stronger with each act of love.

This year, my Service, which has been transferred online, will pay tribute to the 75th Anniversary of VE Day as The County of Bedfordshire remembers with gratitude the formidable generation who sacrificed so much for peace.

I hope that you will take 30 minutes out of your day at some point today to watch the service so we can be together in spirit, while viewing from our own homes.