VE Day from your own home
The Coronavirus pandemic has meant most VE Day celebration events have had to be postponed or cancelled this year. However, there are still a number of ways you can pay tribute to those who fought for our freedom from the safety of your own home. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from your own home on Friday 8 May.
Why not hold your own 1940s tea party or take part in a virtual singalong? Perhaps you want to learn more about this fascinating period of history?
Take the party off the streets
It is so important we continue to follow social distancing guidelines to save lives and protect the NHS, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a VE Day party. Put up some bunting, dress in 1940s clothing and tuck into some wartime food, it is easy to create a street party feel in your own home or garden. Get the whole family involved and, if you live alone or want to connect with friends and family in other households, hold a virtual party.
For posters, bunting templates, recipe ideas, music suggestions and more, visit the following websites:
- Government's VE Day toolkit
- BBC: how to make Great British bunting
- Government's plan a VE Day party
- English Heritage: VE Day
- British Legion: VE Day
- Make your own VE Day bunting
Two minutes silence
There will be a two minute's silence on Friday 8 May at 11.00am. Led by the Royal Britsh Legion, you are invited to take part in a national moment of remembrance to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
The Nations' Toast to the Heroes of World War 2
A chance to stand at home and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice to toast 'those who gave so much, we thank you' on Friday 8 May at 3.00pm.
Queen's message and wartime singalong
Hear the Queen's address on Friday 8 May at 9.00pm on BBC1 then join the rest of the nation for a sing along, cumlinating with everyone being invited to join in with Dame Vera Lynn's 1939 song We'll Meet Again. The Royal British Legion has further information, including the lyrics:
Dan Snow's VE Day Challenge
Historian Dan Snow is asking people to tell the story of VE Day in their own words and share it on social media.