Celebrate VE Day at home, urges council

ewes District Council is encouraging people to stay safe at home for celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday (May 8). 

With social distancing measures in place, residents are urged to mark to the historical moment with activities at home and online instead. 

Councillor Stephen Gauntlett, Chair of Lewes District Council, said: “While celebrations are not as initially planned, this year’s 75th anniversary of VE Day seems all the more poignant as we help each other through the challenges of this pandemic. 

“It is important we take this opportunity to remember and honour those who gave their lives in the Second World War to secure a peaceful future for us.” 

Official commemorations will begin at 11am with a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence. 

Other plans for the day include: 

  • The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May, 1945 
  • Members of The Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary will take part in video calls with Second World War veterans 
  • Churchill’s famous victory speech will be broadcast as part of BBC special programming 
  • Second World War veterans will receive calls from NHS Volunteer Responders 
  • The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm. This will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. People are encouraged to open their doors and join in with this national moment of celebration 

Councillor Gauntlett added: “Despite the difficult times we are living through, I would urge everyone to mark this significant day at home so that the sacrifices made all those years ago are never forgotten.”  

For more details about VE Day activities visit ve-vjday75.gov.uk/ 

Anyone wishing to decorate their home with bunting or posters for a party at home can print out templates from this website by clicking on ‘toolkit’.