Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day). This year, the Government has moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities, but given the restrictions due to COVID-19, sadly these have had to be cancelled.
Key messages for our residents
- We must all continue to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives and this remains the case for this Friday, VE Day.
- While we understand there will be a desire to come together and celebrate the heroes of the second world war we are asking people to continue to practise social distancing and not to breach the current Government guidelines around gatherings and mixing households.
- In Warwickshire all local agencies are committed to supporting these measures as any actions which go against these risk increased community transmission of COVID-19.
- While many celebrations had been planned across the county to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak people are being encouraged to celebrate in a safe manner that does not risk increasing the transmission of this disease.
- Communities are being asked to celebrate VE75 in their homes and not as part of parades and street parties. There are many ideas of how to do this and these are outlined on the gov.uk website.
Decorate your home
We would love to see via social media the ways in which you have decorated your home in Red, White and Blue. You can get creative and use materials you already have at home, or why not download a home decorating toolkit including bunting, posters and colouring in templates available online.
Please send photos of your decorations to email@example.com, or tag North_Warks_BC #VEDay75 #NWVEDay75 on Twitter or Facebook.
8 May at 3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II
We would very much like to encourage you all to still take part in the Nation’s Toast from the safety of your homes to pay tribute to the many millions in the United Kingdom and overseas who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we have today. We would invite you stand at 3pm and raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following toast: “For those that gave so much, we thank you.” This will be the first time such a tribute has ever taken place so please encourage others to join in from their own homes.
For plenty more resources to help make this VE Day 75 special, you can visit https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/
Say thank you
Leave a thank you message for those who gave so much for us on our online thank you book. If you have older friends and family who can't get online, record their messages for them.
Royal British Legion Livestream
At 1115 the Legion is hosting a VE Day 75 livestream, available at page rbl.org.uk/veday75sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
The Legion is inviting members of the public to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their shared experiences. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The livestream will be available on the Legion’s website.
VE Day 75: The People’s CelebrationBBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10
To mark the 75thanniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with the Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers, Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as across the UK we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
VE Day Learning Pack
Available on The Royal British Legion website page rbl.org.uk/veday75 alongside a VE Day 75 activity pack produced by the National Memorial Arboretum.
Last updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020