VE Day 2020 takes place this Friday the 8th of May in the UK. This year, it will be on a Bank Holiday – a decision that was made specially to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed but you can celebrate the occasion from home. Here are several links and resources to help you with your VE Day home celebration planning.
Official GOV.UK VE Day Site
The site is dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE & VJ Day and has many useful ideas on how to get involved at home:
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to join their Remembrance Event to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.
With members of the public unable to attend VE Day 75 events, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity, including:
- A Two Minute Silence At 11am
- A live VE Day 75 livestream at 11.15am
- A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm
- A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
- An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One
- BBC – VE Day: What is it, when is it and why do we remember?
- BBC – Witness History: VE Day
- English Heritage Site
- BBC Radio – Make a Difference FYI – They also have a great guide on how to make your own bunting!
- GoodtoKnow – How to have a VE Day celebration with your family – even during lockdown
- ITV – VE Day 75 at home: How the UK will channel 1945 spirit in lockdown bank holiday
- The Telegraph – VE Day 2020: when is it, and how to celebrate the 75th anniversary in lockdown
Please stay safe however you choose to celebrate this memorable day and adhere to the Government Guidelines in all instances.
*Image credit: The British Legion