With plans for public events cancelled and people staying at home to remain safe, there could, perhaps, never be a more appropriate time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The world is again united against adversity, albeit of a different kind, and we should each use this opportunity to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who fought with resolve, endured to their utmost, and laid down their lives in the Second World War.
Battling for six years against tyranny so strong is today, unimaginable. While we contemplate, with hope, being able to look each other in the eye once more, exchange warm greetings with family and friends, and clink glasses in a toast, celebrating a victory won at such a high cost is essential.
Just like 75 years ago today, we owe everything to the front line.
Lest we forget.
Dr Alan Rutherford OBE
Honorary Colonel of 15th (Scottish Volunteer) & 4th Battalions, The Parachute Regiment,
and Chairman of The Lakes Distillery.