Association President


In Great Britain and in Malta, the only two European Islands not to fall under the heel of the Nazis and the Fascists, we celebrate the 75th. Anniversary of VE Day. 

As a boy of eleven years in form two at College, I first came across an example of climax in an English Grammar text-book. It was Winston Churchill’s famous speech to the Houses of Parliament in June 1940 after the tragic but miraculous withdrawal from Dunkirk: “We shall fight in France…...We shall never surrender.” The recorded voice of that great leader will no doubt be relayed over the audio media over and over again today evoking emotional feelings in those of us who are young enough to still be around to remember him.

Ever since I read that speech, it has been a guiding light to me when life got difficult at times and the will to hold on was sorely tested. Kipling in that classic poem: “If” could not have put it better:-

“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: “HOLD ON!”

That embodies the Churchillian spirit which had pulled both our countries through those dark days when between 1940 and 1941 our ancestors were holding out alone desperately against what seemed to be overwhelming odds. 
Shortly after the heady days of May 1945, an ungrateful electorate was very unkind to their greatest leader, but his indomitable spirit soon had him back in office.

That spirit should guide us all, three quarters of a century later, to face the present threat to our way of living with its ominous ongoing implications.

But let us celebrate the 8th. of May,1945, nonetheless.   

8th. May, 2020.

Joseph Galea Debono.