NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Queen Elizabeth II's VE Day address Friday night -- marking the 75th anniversary -- included the message of "never give up, never despair" and made reference to the United Kingdom's "empty" streets in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish," she said during the pre-recorded broadcast from Windsor castle. "Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps."
She continued, “But our streets are not empty: they are filled with the love and care that we have for each other. And, when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognize and admire.”
The Queen described World War II as a "total war" where "no one was immune from its impact".
She said, "At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain. But we kept faith that the cause was right and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through. Never give up, never despair, that was the message of VE Day."