Dr Dan Poulter urges communities to come together to celebrate VE75 Day on Friday 8th May

With only a week to go until VE Day, many of us remain hopeful of being able to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe on Friday 8th May.  Whilst a great many events had been planned across the country to mark the occasion, sadly these have had to be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing.

However, the Government has compiled a revised programme, urging communities to come together and enjoy the celebrations from the safety of our own homes.

The revised programme will include a two minute silence at 11:00am; a moment of reflection and prayer led by the Archbishop of Canterbury; the Broadcasting of a series of extracts of Sir Winston Churchill’s VE Day speech; HRH The Prince of Wales reading an extract from his grandfather, King George VI’s diary from 8th May 1945 and finally, an address to the nation by Her Majesty The Queen.

Members of the Royal Family and the Prime Minister will take part in video calls with Second World War Veterans and those who served on the Home Front, and NHS Volunteer Responders will be deployed to call a number of Second World War Veterans to thank them for their service and hear their stories first hand.

You can get involved in your own communities, from the safety of your own home as follows:

  • Observe the two minute silence at 11:00am and join with your neighbours by standing on your own doorstep or in your window to mark the moment of remembrance.
  • Tune into the BBC to watch the VE Day 75 special broadcasts, which will include a series of extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech, and Her Majesty The Queen will address the nation at 9.00pm.
  • Take part in a national sing-along of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”.  Member of the public are being encouraged to open their doors and join in safely, observing the social distancing guidelines of remaining two metres apart.
  • There are a number of creative activities for children which can be found here including making bunting and colouring in posters to display in front windows.
  • Hold a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home, along with others in your household, complete with homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes and traditional games – all of which can be found here.

Why not share your own celebrations on social media using the #VEDay75 hashtag and tag @DCMS on Twitter, or @dcmsgovuk on Facebook or Instagram.

This is an historic national moment and we can still come together to celebrate the nation’s heroes while staying at home, protecting our NHS and saving lives.