On Friday 8 May 2020, Britain will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe Day’ or VE Day, marking the end of the second World War.
With the public now unable to attend VE Day 75 events, there are a number of activities taking place that you can take part in from home:
- 11am: (BBC1) The nation remembers; two minutes’ silence on your doorstep.
- 11.15am: VE Day 75 livestream from the Royal British Legion
- 2.45pm (BBC1): The announcement of victory and the nation’s toast to the heroes of WW2. This will include Churchill’s speech.
- 8pm (ITV): Captain Tom’s War – a special programme about the Bedfordshire army veteran and fundraiser.
- 8pm onwards (BBC1): VE75, a people’s celebration; an evening of music and memories.
- 9pm (BBC1): The Queen will address the nation from Windsor Castle. This will be followed by a UK wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again’.
Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, former home to the top secret World War Two codebreakers, is hoping that the public will join in, from home, with their celebrations. They have published an activity pack that contains recipes, ideas and sing-a-long suggestions.
They would also like members of the public to help create 1,945 metres of red, white and blue bunting. You can find instructions on how to make the bunting in the activity pack or there’s a template and guide here. Decorate your house with the bunting for VE Day then, once Bletchley Park re-opens, please send them your bunting so they can create a celebratory atmosphere.
The Royal British Legion have also made available a VE Day learning pack, a series of free, downloadable lesson plans, for children aged 7 to 14 years.
However you celebrate VE Day, please remember to stay home and stay safe.