VE Day

Friday 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. Sadly plans to mark this historic day across England have been delayed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead, you may like to mark the anniversary with your own VE Day celebration at home with the help of these on Friday –

  • 11.00am BBC One will lead a poignant two-minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. This national moment of remembrance will pay tribute to heroes of the past and present.
  • 2.45pm BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe, which he made from 10 Downing Street on 8th May 1945. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe while in these unprecedented times of lockdown, will give everyone in the UK an opportunity to come together, albeit virtually, to pay tribute to the Second World War generation and show our gratitude to them for their service and sacrifice during the war. This is a pre-recorded event and will be presented by Sophie Raworth
  • ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ will take place at 3.00pm, from the safety of your own home stand and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much.
  • Special message from HM The Queen who will speak at 9.00pm – the exact time her father spoke to the nation three quarters of a century ago.
  • BBC Local Radio station have launched an initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need including bunting templates at co.uk/makeadifference

(Please check press and TV guides as timings may change)

This will also be a day of personal reflection for many, remembering our parents, grandparents and great grandparents stories who fought for our freedom. On this day we remember with both pride and sadness all those who gave their lives in the service of their country and all those who lost loved ones in the WW2 conflict.

Today we are fighting a different kind of world war. On this historic day when we remember the sacrifices that brought about victory in Europe, let us pray for those in service of our nation today: our NHS, carers, and key workers and key services and for all those who have died as a result of the war on COV-19. May the service of our ancestors, their generosity and sacrifice, be it in the laying down of a life or in service on the home front to win their war, be an inspiration to each of us to win our war today. May their resolve, patience and forbearance during their darkest days shine as an example to remind us that light and victory will come for us also in our time.

Jackie Williams

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