Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day - from home
Published Thursday, 7 May 2020
Bromley residents will still be able to join in the tributes to the service and sacrifices of the Second World War generation on Friday 8 May 2020 – the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) – online.
This landmark anniversary serves as a timely reminder of the value of community and empathy in the face of extraordinary challenge. Now more than ever it is important to show support to your immediate, local and wider communities, just as communities did 75 years ago.
While members of the public are unable to attend VE Day events in person, due to the COVID-19 social distancing measures, The Royal British Legion and Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will be delivering a range of activities for the public to get involved with remotely:
- A VE Day livestream at 11:15am on Friday 8 May
- A national two minute silence will commence at 11:00am on Friday 8th May for a moment of remembrance and thanksgiving
- A UK-wide sing-a-long to Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” will begin at 9pm on Friday 8th May
- A downloadable VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years old
- Biggin Hill Memorial Museum has made their ‘Armchair Explorers’ and brainteaser activities for children freely available online
- An evening of memories and music created in partnership with the BBC will be aired on BBC One from 8pm on Friday 8 May
Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council said: “Though we are unable to come together in person to pay our tributes to the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, every single one of us can still take a moment to remember and pay our respects if we wish to.
To quote the words of the Royal British Legion themselves, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.
We should make an effort to do so in my view. They were and are a truly remarkable generation.”
Notes to editors:
On the morning of 8 May 1945, a national holiday for ‘Victory in Europe Day’ was declared in Britain. There were enough beer supplies and the Board of Trade announced that people could purchase red, white, and blue bunting without using ration coupons. Street parties were held across Britain with bunting decorating our streets. Events such as street parties and parades were organised to mark the occasion and communities came together.
This year join in the ‘make do and mend’ sessions:
VE Day Livestream - https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-75-livestream
UK-wide sing-a-long - https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
VE Day learning pack - https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance
Biggin Hill Memorial Museum ‘Armchair Explorers’ and brainteaser activities - https://bhmm.org.uk/
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