Posted 05/05/2020

VE Day 2020

This Friday 8 May marks 75 years since the second world war ended in Europe.

Sadly due to the lockdown, we won't be able to celebrate in person, but there are still lots of ways that we can mark the occasion together both online and in our homes. We encourage as many of you as possible to get involved by decorating your homes, red, white and blue, joining the Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2 and the national sing-a-long. However please remember to maintain Social distancing rules with all your celebrations. There are lots of fun resources available too. Below you'll find the link to the national memorial arboretums' VE activity pack. Please feel free to download it and have a go at all the fun activities that they have put together!

On Friday - VE Day 75 - the official programme of national events to commemorate and celebrate will be taking place on television, radio and social media.

Join in from the safety of your home with:

  • 11am - Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation
  • 3pm - Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2. Raise a glass or cup of your choice and toast "To those who gave so much, we thank you"
  • 8pm - BBC The People's Celebration: enjoy an evening of music and memories hosted by the BBC in partnership with the Royal British Legion
  • 9pm - Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945. This will be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm
  • 9.15pm - The Queen's speech will be followed by a national Sing-a-long of 'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn