Maybe we should always have May 8 as a bank holiday. We were captivated by the VE day event in a French town some years ago. There were several period vehicles and artefacts/costume displays in the town square. At 11am, I think it was, there was a parade from the town hall to the war memorial. Part way through the proceedings four children stood, one at each face of the monument, and read out the names of the Allied Service Men commemorated there. It was very moving.