"That said I am delighted this aspect of the VE day 75 celebrations can still go ahead, my band mates are still participating from home and I'll be able to play in safety on my own in Saltaire, Yorkshire, for neighbours to enjoy".
World War Two cost more than 50 million lives, of whom an estimated 25 million were Soviet military and civilians.
Here are the main events across the United Kingdom, and how you can see them or take part: - After 10am: The Red Arrows will fly over London, and RAF Typhoon jets will fly over Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. It will also be used to reflect on the impact that COVID-19 has had.
"And after I have a look at our nation at the moment and see what we're keen to do to guard and assist each other, I say with satisfaction that we're nonetheless a nation these courageous troopers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire".
He said: "As fascism reappears across Europe, our slogan is never again to let 12 million people be slaughtered by the nazis". May 8, 1945 - he was stationed on Luneburg Heath near Hamburg, the site of the Third Reich's unconditional surrender in the Netherlands and north-west Germany.
Russian Federation had originally planned a huge military display on its May 9 Victory Day, with world leaders including France's Macron on the guest list.
Troops of 19th Indian Division and a Lee tank in action during street fighting in Mandalay 9-10 March 1945
In a message to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the war effort, saying that tackling the virus "demands the same spirit of national endeavour" as shown during the war.
This year however the city of Berlin declared a one-off public holiday on Friday.
Queen Elizabeth said during her VE Day speech: "I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago".
Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said today we mark the triumph of democracy, independence and liberation in Europe over the "deadly forces of fascism".
President Vladimir Putin will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial and address the nation on television, in a speech that will not only touch on the war but also chart out the next steps to tackle the pandemic.
The US and Britain recognize May 8 as a special date-and now Berlin is joining them, even going so far as to make it a public holiday.
Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, said Gauland's view of the anniversary was typical of "neo-Nazis".
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