Despite events being cancelled due to the Coronavirus, there are still many ways to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on Friday 8 May and reflect on the enormous sacrifices made by men and women:
- People at home can join the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War II’ at 3pm
- Many churches will hold live services
- Find out how to create VE Day Great British Bunting to display in your window.
- English Heritage have put together this inspirational VE Day activity pack, which includes: recipes for tasty 1940s dishes to serve on the day, a VE Day poster, lyrics to popular 1940s songs, tips for dancing the Lindy hop swing.
- Talk about VE Day with friends and family (remotely of course!) Here is what you need to know
- Post an image of yourself making the V for Victory hand salute on social media with the Hashtag #VE75, #Surreyremembers and #molevalleyremembers. Please do also share any other ways you are celebrating at home.
- Take part in the Royal British Legion commemoration including: Two Minute Silence at 11am on 8 May, VE75 Livestream and Singing-a-long with Vera Lynn at 9pm. There is also a very useful and informative VE Day learning pack available for children 7-14 years.
Mole Valley District Council will be marking the occasion by releasing short videos about why it’s important to celebrate VE day, what was it like to celebrate the victory in Dorking 75 years ago and how to celebrate this year.
Councillor Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, Cabinet Member for Projects and Armed Forces Champion for Mole Valley District Council said: “I’m very proud that despite these unusual times we can be a part of the VE Day celebration. It’s so important to pay respect to all the people who sacrificed their lives in World War II and made a tremendous effort to bring us freedom. We’re unable to run most of the fantastic events that had been planned for the occasion, but we can still make this day special. We look forward to seeing residents’ photos of at-home VE Day celebrations.”
Capt Martin Howlin MBE of the Grenadier Guards from Ashtead said: “VE day to me is a day when we should all pay tribute to not only those who fought but an entire generation who stood together to rid the world of evil, so that we could all live today in peace.”
Councillor Stephen Cooksey, the Leader of Mole Valley District Council commented: “It’s easy to forget things if we’re not reminded about them. World War II is a very important part of our history and we’re extremely lucky to still have people among us who remember what the UK was like 75 years ago. The 75th Anniversary of VE Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect, talk and focus on events that changed Europe’s history forever. No matter what we do, let’s do this together as a community.”