Next Friday, 8th May, it will be 75 years since VE Day – the day the Second World War ended in Europe.
Under normal circumstances we would be encouraging you to join together and hold a street party to mark this significant anniversary. Sadly, we cannot do that this year but we don’t want this day to go by without being marked at all.
That’s why we have produced this short guide to help you celebrate VE Day 75 from the safety of your own home.
Here are a few tips on how to get involved:
- Hold your own at home Victory in Europe tea party. Decorate your house with homemade Union Jack bunting. Templates are available online including via the BBC website and from amummytoo.co.uk
- Print off and colour in your own Union Flag
- Pause at 11am for a two minute silence in memory of those who gave their lives during the conflict
- Raise a glass with the nation. At 3pm on 8, May 2020 you are encouraged to join in the national toast to the heroes of the Second World War, from the safety of your own home, by standing up and saying ‘To those who gave so much, we thank you.’
- Join the Royal British Legion on BBC One at 9pm on Friday 8 May for a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Click here for the lyrics.
- Learn to dance the classic 1940s Lindy Hop – there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube or learn the basic steps and get some inspiration for your playlist with the English Heritage VE Day pack.
- Did someone in your family serve or play a role in WW2? Share a photo of them and their story on social media with the #VEDay75 hashtag
- Try making a traditional 1940s dish like Lord Woolton pie. Click here for this and other retro recipe ideas.
- Encourage your children to go online and find out more about the significance of the day. The Royal British Legion has produced a handy learning pack for 7 to 14-year-olds to help.
You can find more information on the official VE Day 75 website