May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the official end of World War II in Europe.
In 1945, the long anticipated news that the Second World War had come to an end in Europe resulted in celebrations breaking out across the nation.
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 crisis, families and communities across the nation will be unable to celebrate this 75th anniversary in quite the same way.
Along with all of our partner organisations we are extremely proud to be marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day online with a fun filled day of activities:
11am: Join the nation in a two-minute silence of reflection and remembrance.
- 2.45pm-3.45pm: Watch the BBC’s coverage of VE Day 75, featuring extracts from Winston Churchill’s victory speech – recreating the moment when peace in Europe was declared 75 years ago – and a message from the prime minister.
- 3pm: Raise a glass or a cup and join the Nation’s Toast: “For those who gave so much, we thank you.”
- 9pm: HM The Queen will address the nation on BBC1 – at the same time that her father, King George VI, made his radio broadcast in 1945.
- 9pm: Join the nation in a rousing rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on BBC1.
There are many ways to join our celebrations from colouring books, to cooking recipes and this celebration pack should give you a few ideas on how to celebrate with us at home. Remember to share your photos and videos of your activities and celebrations with us via our social media.