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RNA officers pay respects on VE Day 75

RNA National President Vice Admiral John McAnally and General Secretary Capt Bill Oliphant took part in a simple wreath-laying ceremony in Portsmouth this morning to mark VE Day 75.

The two senior Association officers were paying their respects, on behalf of shipmates, to those who fought for the freedom of Europe in World War 2.

On the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, Admiral McAnally and Capt Oliphant – carefully keeping the required two metres apart – laid the wreath at the Naval Memorial on Southsea Common and observed the national two-minute silence.

Across the country standard-bearers from the RNA and other Naval veterans organisations took part in a ‘virtual parade’, a collective act of remembrance even though individually the shipmates had to parade in isolation, in gardens or other quiet spaces.

Pictures by S/M Nigel Huxtable

Many websites and social media channels are today displaying photographs and film from May 1945 – examples include a Ministry of Defence VE Day 75 video ( and the Facebook page of HMS Raleigh (