Members of the public are being encouraged to hold ‘Stay at Home’ parties to celebrate VE Day.
May 8 to 10 is the weekend to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking the end of the war in Europe.
To help prepare for the day, a dedicated VE Day website (Plan your VE Day at home) has collated some ideas to get you started.
It includes a ‘Toolkit’ that has bunting templates that can be downloaded, colouring posters for kids that can be placed in your windows when done and posters that you can print and personalise.
The site further contains a menu with meal options and a party playlist with 1940’s big band and jazz favourites.
If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, you can also use English Heritage’s pack with more ideas to help you put together your own celebrations and mark #VEDay75 from home.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, national commemoration events to mark VE Day 75 have been scaled back in line with expert medical and scientific advice from Public Health England and guidance on mass gatherings.
As part of the new plans the veterans’ procession down the Mall and the events in St James’s Park will no longer go ahead. This is in order to protect the health and wellbeing of World War Two veterans and members of the public.
Meanwhile, historian Dan Snow has issued a challenge to find out how you would tell the story of VE Day to mark this special 75th anniversary.
You can view his challenge here:
About VE Day
May 8, 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when World War Two came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. The war in the East did not end until August 15, 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day).
Watch the story of veteran Mervyn Kersh here: