This coming weekend sees another event that pays tribute to those who risked their lives in the service of their country. Last week it was frontline workers, this time it is the men and women who fought and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
See York Run York and Its Grim up North Running created a highly successful joint venture with their ‘Rainbow Running’ to thank frontline and key workers for putting their lives on the line during the coronavirus outbreak.
Following on from that they are hosting another colour-themed event to commemorate the selfless actions of those who served in World War II.
This year it is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 8 May 1945 – VE Day. The global conflict lasted from 1939 to 1945 and millions of lives were lost during this dark time in history. Many people put themselves in danger to ensure others were safe and well and parallels can be drawn between them and the efforts of NHS staff and other key workers who are doing the same while facing a different and unseen enemy.
Runners are invited to show their sense of patriotism whilst remembering these sacrifices by wearing red, white and blue tops this coming weekend. Wear red on Friday (17 April), white on Saturday (18 April) and blue on Sunday (19 April) and become a Union Jack in motion. They use the hashtag #keepcalmandcarryon that applies today as it did 75 years ago.
The organisers will use photographs uploaded by runners to create a Union Jack in honour of their memory.