Today is VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, when on Tuesday 8th May 1945 the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany bringing an end to the Second World War in Europe causing massive celebrations all over Great Britain and around the world.
It took a few more months before the Japanese surrendered in August 1945 before the war was completely over but today social media is awash with comments about VE Day and quite rightly so.
I wonder though how many young people are marking the day, for I have come across many teenagers and 20 year olds who have no idea what VE Day is and while I can perhaps understand them not knowing, I am frequently surprised to find 30 and 40 year olds who I would have thought were closer to someone who would have fought and would know.
Those of us who are older, myself having just turned 70 last week and had a Grandfather who fought in the First World War and a father who fought in the Second World War are all to aware of VE Day and what it must have meant to those who were alive at the time.
When older people talk of “the War,” we all know what they are referring to but as time passes it seems fewer and fewer people are aware of the events that enabled them to be free today, which seems rather sad to me.
The same situation seems to be happening in the classic car world with the young showing little interest in potentially taking on the ownership of our old cars when we finally pop our clogs.
It seems to be a sad reflection on the youth of today that they are more concerned with smashing and taking down statues which tell the story of the history of the country or abolishing cars with an internal combustion engine rather than preserving them for future generations.
I wonder whether future generations will have actually achieved anything that is worth preserving or celebrating, I have to say I have my doubts.