Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday designated as a time of celebration for the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Many events had been organised to celebrate this important event and to commemorate those who lost their lives during the Second World War. Obviously, it is hugely disappointing that these commemorative events can no longer take place due to the Coronavirus lockdown. However, there are ways we, as a community, can come together to mark this special occasion.
The VE Celebration website has this suggestion:
We are encouraging everyone to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertaking the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
It would be a wonderful display of gratitude to those who gave so much, particularly those commemorated on our village war memorial, if we could participate in this toast by opening our doors or standing in our front gardens at 3pm on Friday 8th and raising a glass or cup of something! Our Thursday night Clap for Heroes have been well supported, lets use the same enthusiasm to remember the heroes of the past.
Another way you can support this event is to decorate your house with bunting or flags. Homemade bunting would look great. Visit the Download section of the website for a template and instructions or visit bbc.co.uk/make a difference.
Finally, if you, or anyone in your family has memories of VE Day please post them in a comment box on the website, the community would love to hear how the end of war in Europe was celebrated 75 years ago.