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.
Enjoy a virtual performance of We’ll Meet Again by The Alumni Choir. The choir has been formed by former pupils at RGS Dodderhill based in Droitwich. Using Zoom, the group was able to rehearse together and then record their individual parts to create a special performance for VE Day 75. Kirsty Haines, an ex-pupil from Dodderhill who went on to be a musician with the Royal Marines, organised the video clips while Caroline Vinson compiled and edited the singing.
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
On Tuesday 8 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.
Now 75 years later, sadly we cannot celebrate as we would like due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we can still take a moment to remember the incredible sacrifice of all those who gave their lives for their country and our freedom.
We also remember the massive effort of the whole country during the war years. How strangers pulled together to support the efforts of those who were away fighting – in the same way we today are all pulling together to help support our incredible NHS and social care workers.
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 and rebuilt itself. Once this current crisis is over, I know we will do the same. To those who gave so much, we thank you.
Cllr Frances Smith
Chairman of Wychavon District Council
This message will be issued on Wychavon’s social media channels on VE Day, just before 3pm, as part of the national toast to heroes.