Under normal circumstances we would be encouraging you to join together and hold a street party to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, 8 May 2020. Sadly, we cannot do that but we don’t want this day to go by without being marked at all.
That’s why we have produced this short guide to help you celebrate VE Day 75 from the safety of your own home.
How you can get involved in VE Day 75 from home
- Hold your own at home Victory in Europe tea party. Decorate your house with homemade Union Jack bunting. Templates are available online. Download homemade bunting from the BBC website or download and colour in your own bunting from www.amummytoo.co.uk.
- Print off and colour in your own Union Flag.
- Pause at 11am for a two minute silence in memory of those who gave their lives during the conflict.
- Raise a glass with the nation. At 3pm on 8, May 2020 you are encouraged to join in the national toast to the heroes of the Second World War, from the safety of your own home, by standing up and saying ‘To those who gave so much, we thank you.'
- Join the Royal British Legion on BBC One at 9pm on Friday 8 May for a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. View the lyrics to ‘We’ll Meet Again’.
- Learn to dance the classic 1940s Lindy Hop – there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube or learn the basic steps and get some inspiration for your playlist with the English Heritage VE Day pack.
- Did someone in your family serve or play a role in WW2? Share a photo of them and their story on social media with the #VEDay75 hashtag.
- Try making a traditional 1940s dish like Lord Woolton pie. View this and other war time recipe ideas.
Encourage your children to go online and find out more about the significance of the day. The Royal British Legion has produced a VE Day learning pack for 7 to 14-year-olds.
You can find more information on the official VE Day 75 website.
Please make sure you follow the Government's guidance on social distancing at all times.
Message from our Chairman
Seventy five years ago today, on Tuesday 8th May 1945, the Allied Forces announced the surrender of Nazi Germany, marking the end of Hitler's reign of tyranny across Europe and sparking celebrations on the streets of Great Britain. The whole nation came out dancing in the streets to celebrate, and now, today, it would have been a joy to copy them, to remember the incredible sacrifice of all those who gave their lives , for their country and for our freedom.
Unfortunately, present circumstances preclude this. The massive effort and joint sacrifices our parents and grandparents made gave an expectation of a better society. This led to the creation of the National Health system, universal secondary education and an incredible effort to build homes for all. That same communal effort has surged forth today with the support for our doctors, nurses and other essential workers. Locally, we have shown our real support for them by maintaining our physical separation from family and friends.
Reflecting on VE Day should also give us all hope. After years of immense struggle and hardship, our exhausted country got back on its feet. It not only rebuilt itself but did so by trying to build a society for all. Once this current crisis is over, I know we will do the same. Hopefully, as those in 1945 did, we as a country will once again begin working towards an inclusive, kinder and more responsible society so that we can leave our children and grandchildren a future not of fear, but of hope.
Cllr Dean Clarke
Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council