VE Day 75 - Celebrations

VE75 Celebrations

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction came to an end and millions of people took to the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved - ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

The 75th anniversary will provides an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who lived through this dark and terrifying period. 

Despite the coronavirus curtailing planned events, we are encouraging people to undertake the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2' at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home, by raising a glass of refreshment and undertake the following 'Toast' - "To those who gave so much, we thank you," using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all share the freedom we have today.

Official commemorations will begin at 11am on May 8 with a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence, with the Royal British Legion (RBL) encouraging all generations to participate, and also reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on lives across the world.

The Queen will lead the nation in marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with an address to the country - her second televised message during the coronavirus outbreak.

The message will form part of a series of events on May 8 commemorating the sacrifices of the Second World War generation. The Queen's pre-recorded televised address will be broadcast on the BBC at 9pm - the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.

We are also encouraging residents in North Lanarkshire to mark VE Day safely in their own homes. A special pack with ideas for homemade VE Day celebrations, bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children has been created, so families can create their own experiences and mark this special anniversary.#StayHomeSaveLives

As part of special BBC programming, extracts from Churchill's victory speech will recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 3pm and the Prime Minister will speak about the importance of VE Day.

 

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