Many people across South Cheshire will be commemorating the 60th anniversary of VE Day on Sunday but a survey has revealed most children have no idea what it was. Reporter BEN JERVIS looks at why it is a date which should never be forgotten.

WAR veteran Jim Davies, 84, believes people should continue to celebrate VE Day for many years to come as a way of remembering those who lost their lives.

'People do have reason to celebrate but it is all about not only celebrating the victories but paying tribute to those who made the sacrifice,' he said.

'There is so much to remember that I am really surprised the council have not organised a service to mark the anniversary.

'The Combined Services Association is holding a reunion on July 2 at the Crosville Club in Crewe to commemorate and celebrate both victories in Europe and in Japan.

'The Royal British Legion holds their own day of remembrance on November 11 to honour the dead.

'I think the youth of today understand the terrific trials and tribulations of what we went through.'

The Second World War claimed more than 388,000 British lives with 326,000 of those deaths occurring in battle. A total of 61 million people lost their lives in the conflict worldwide.

Former solider Frank Jones, 74, who lives in Crewe, also believes people should treasure VE Day because of the sacrifices so many people made to win the war.

He says: 'VE Day is an important part of post war history. It's part of our heritage and it is something that should be cherished.'

Despite calls for the day to be remembered, a survey by the Royal British Legion shows that nearly three quarters of all 11 to 18-year-olds interviewed for the study had no idea what VE Day stands for.

Nearly one in 10 thought the term stood for the end of the Vietnam War, rather than the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8, 1945 - named Victory in Europe Day.

Another 4% thought VE referred to a music festival.

Just 36% of the children knew 'something' of the end of the war itself, according to the study.

Despite these findings, many schools and organisations across South Cheshire are to hold parties and events. Underwood West Junior School teacher Joy Bratherton believes it is vital today's children learn about the war.

She adds: 'It was one of the major incidents of the last century. People are still alive today who were there and who lived through it so it's within living memory.

'Children need to be made aware of it because it is an extremely important part of British history. We teach the children about the Romans and what they did and that was 2,000 years ago, so to not teach them about something that happened 60 years ago would be ridiculous.

'We will be having a party on Friday to celebrate and to show the children how important the day is. If people don't know about the past, how can they live their lives in the future?'

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