Celebrating VE Day

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VE Day – 75th Anniversary

On Friday 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe, known as Victory in Europe (or VE) Day, as Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered.

The world was still in conflict until 15th August, when Japan surrendered to the Allies, effectively ending World War II, but for many, the years of war and destruction had finally come to an end.

All over the country, people took to the streets and communities came together to share in the moment with parades and street parties to celebrate peace, and to hope for the future.

This 75th anniversary of VE Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period – particularly since we are fighting a battle on a different front in our hospitals and society today.

Due to the current pandemic the community celebrations hoped to celebrate this momentous occasion are naturally cancelled, however, there are still ways to mark the occasion and remember those who gave their everything for our future:

Toast the Heroes

Take a part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May from the safety of your home by standing up and raising a glass in a toast to those who gave so much.

Make and Display VE bunting

Download a how to guide here, and some flag templates here.

Host your own ‘Stay at Home Street Party’

Mark the occasion on 8th May with a socially distant celebration by decorating your home in red, white and blue, and enjoying a picnic in your front garden, on a balcony or by your window, and celebrating – safely from a distance – with your neighbours.

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