VE day 75th anniversaryVE Day or Victory in Europe Day celebrates the unconditional surrender of nazi Germany in 1945. This Friday marks 75 years since that day and although we cannot celebrate with street parties and events, we can still as a nation celebrate and remember. There will be televised events throughout the day which are listed below as well as things you can do to show your support and honour those people who fought and worked throughout World War 2.

11am — There will be a two-minute national silence to remember the declaration of victory and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

2.45pm – 3.45pm — The first of two special BBC One  programmes to mark VE75, including extract from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech delivered at 3pm on VE Day.

Everyone is then encouraged, if they are able, to hold 1940s style afternoon tea parties at home rather than street parties. Many are making their own homemade bunting and using recipes from the era.

9pm — The Queen will address the nation followed by national doorstep rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again

There are other ways to show your support!

  • Add your words of thanks to the VE Day Message board on the Royal British Legion website. To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Legion has created an online message board so you can join in to remember, celebrate and honour the brave men and women of World War 2 and the Armed Forces community. Leave a message for VE Day on the British Legion website.
  • You can show your support for the commemorations by placing a specially-designed image of a Second World War soldier in your windows.  The Legion has launched its “Tommy in the Window” campaign, producing specially-designed figures of soldiers.   These figures are made by injured military veterans, with all money raised going towards the charity’s work to provide employment, training and support to veterans and their families. Visit the British Legion Website and get your own Tommy in the Window.
  • A pack with ideas for homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children has been produced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, so families under lockdown can create their own experiences at home! Get your own activity pack with bunting and games.

Did you know? – In 1945 Stone Parish Council approved £60 be spent on celebrations for VE Day! The main attraction being a model engine with railway be engaged to give free rides to the children. Although we cannot host the celebration event we hoped to this Friday, we hope that everyone can still show some of that wartime spirit in these difficult times and celebrate with us. Hang up your flags and bunting, bake your Homity Pie and make sure to join the nation in a sing along of We’ll Meet Again after the Queen’s speech. Above all we hope you and your family stay safe and enjoy VE Day and we hope we will be able to celebrate once again when we are able to.

Stone Parish Council