Barking and Dagenham councillor Sanchia Alasia’s VE day appeal
PUBLISHED: 08:24 09 May 2013
A councillor is calling for VE Day to be marked with as much ceremony as Remembrance Sunday.
VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945 by Commonwealth countries to mark the date when the World War II allies formerly accepted the surrender of Nazi forces and the end of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Sixty-eight years on, Sanchia Alasia, who is councillor for Alibon ward on Barking and Dagenham, wants Britain to honour this day.
She said: “Remembrance Sunday is properly and rightfully the day that we honour and remember the tremendous sacrifice made by our service-men and women and civilians in two world wars and other conflicts.
“VE Day on the other hand was, and is, a specific day of joy and celebration over the defeat of the far-right ideology that scarred Europe and the world in the Second World War. VE Day should both act as a national day of hope and a day of warning over where extreme racism leads to. Such evil is ever present and we need to be eternally vigilant to oppose it.
“People need to link the defeat of far-right ideology then, to the defeat of far-right ideology now.”
Ms Alasia was elected to the council when she defeated BNP’s Cllr Robert Bailey in the 2010 local elections.
The equality manager at Brunel University was recently selected as one of Labour’s London candidates in next year’s European Parliament elections.
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