Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day).
This year, the government moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. This was of course, before the Coronavirus pandemic struck.
Arun District Council and Sussex by the Sea had been planning to celebrate this momentous day along with many individuals and community groups who were hoping to run their own commemorative activities. Given the restrictions due to Covid-19, sadly these have all had to be cancelled and the Council are asking the public to celebrate in style – at home!
The government have provided some ideas and activities for you to do at home to mark this day and of course, Her Majesty The Queen will be sending a message to the nation. You could perhaps follow a timetable throughout the day to make sure that this important event receives the respect it deserves: Read more from Arun District Council here
To help you plan and commemorate the day safely at home, take a look at the following suggestions and links provided below.
- A live VE Day 75 livestream at 11.15am
- National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, including a Two Minute Silence
- A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm
- A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
- An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One
Two Minute Silence
At 11am, the Legion is encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence 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.
There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.
Our partners at the local Town and County Councils also have some ideas and information too, take a look at the following links:
In the absence of many events planned to commemorate VE Day and with social distancing measures in place Arundel Town Council would like to encourage residents to take part in a Stay at Home Party on Friday 8th of May. See more at the Town Council's Facebook Page and please remember the Government's Social Distancing Guidelines
A great local service offered by Littlehampton Town Council, has created a series of virtual events across the Bank Holiday weekend. Follow the Museum's Facebook page for more information
The council are encouraging it's residents to celebrate at home, in their front room! For more information, follow the Town Council's Facebook page
The County Council's dedicated staff have been busy collating a huge range of resources to help you discover more about the history of VE and VJ Day. Take a look at their website and Facebook pages for resources including:
eBooks about VE Day and World War Two, borrow free from the online library.
Digitised resources about the Home Front in West Sussex, including diary accounts and newspaper reports on VE Day and VJ Day.
Audio clips of veterans who served in WW2.
Archive material from the West Sussex Record Office, explore their online catalogue and photo database.
A short seven minute archive film called ‘War & Peace’.
Sussex by the Sea hopes you all enjoy this national and international commemoration event online and from the safety of your own home
Please observe all the social isolation rules.
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