I've just been doing some research into union funding (by the government no less), and while I was rooting around the Parliament website, I came across something which I thought was a little strange. Below is a list that details the occasions on which the Union flag is flown from Portcullis House.
Birthday of the Countess of Wessex
Her Majesty’s Accession
Birthday of the Duke of York
Birthday of the Earl of Wessex
Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)
Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
St. George’s Day
Birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh
Official Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday
Birthday of The Duchess of Cornwall
Birthday of the Princess Royal
Birthday of The Prince of Wales
Her Majesty’s Wedding Day
When I looked at the list, I thought "that's funny, why have they listed VE Day as Europe Day?"
It turns out that it says Europe day because it is actually Europe day! Apparently May 9th, marks the anniversary of the day in 1950 when the European Union was conceived. French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman gave a speech calling for European countries to combine their coal and steel production under a single European institution, paving the way to our current European Union.
I must say that I am very disappointed that the day someone came up with the idea of the EU is considered more important than the day that marks the end of the Second World War.