VE Day celebrations continue despite lockdown
7 May 2020
Despite social distancing measures in place, people across the UK are still determined to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day, which marks the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during World War Two.
Although many celebrations have been cancelled, there’s still various events going ahead, all of which can be enjoyed from your own home.
The schedule can be seen below.
- 10:50am - at a service in Westminster, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will lay a wreath on behalf of the Commons. Lord West will lay a wreath on behalf of the Lords
- 11:00am - a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence will be held
- 2:45pm - in a special programme on BBC One, extracts from Churchill's victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe will be broadcast
- 2:55pm - solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players will be invited to play the Last Post from their homes
- 3:00pm - as Churchill's speech is broadcast, people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: "To those who gave so much, we thank you"
- 8:00pm - another BBC One special will feature Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, actor Adrian Lester and singer Beverley Knight, who will be performing some well-known songs from the 1930s and 40s. The programme will culminate in the nation being invited to sing along to a rendition of wartime classic We'll Meet Again
- 9:00pm - the Queen's pre-recorded address will be broadcast on BBC One at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago.
- 9:10pm - Join your neighbours on your doorstep to take part in the national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’
- 9:30pm - Spotlights will light up the sky in Portsmouth to recall the experience of blackouts during the war. The local council says the lights are also to remind people "that lighter times will come again"
Many of our residents have lived through WW2 and have fascinating experiences to share. Read Iris’ and Michelle’s stories on the links below.
WW2 tales: Iris’ story
WW2: Michelle’s story
If you’re wondering how to celebrate VE Day, there’s lots of inspiration online for recipes, party ideas, bunting and pictures to colour in.
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