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Keep Calm, Stay Home and commemorate VE Day 75

VEDAY 75 Anniversary banner image 2020 with Union Flag

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. 


Royal British Legion

With members of the public unable to attend Victory In Europe Day (VE Day) 75 events, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity, including:
  • 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
Follow the Royal British Legion's official Facebook and Twitter platforms for more updates
and the Sussex Royal British Legion on Facebook

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.

VJ Day75 (Victory in Japan Day ) 15th August 1945
The Royal British Legion will also commemorate VJ Day on Saturday 15th August and are developing plans in line with the latest Government guidance. The programme will be announced in due course.

Clap 4 VE 75

Cllr Mike Northeast has set up Clap 4 VE 75 which is all about thanking the heroes of 1945 in the way we have no become accustomed too – clapping.  This was inspired by his father, 99 year old D-Day veteran, Stanley Northeast. You can join the campaign at Facebook page Clap 4 VE day 75 to find out more.



HM Government

The  official Government website allows you to explore  ways everyone can continue to pay tribute to the Second World War generation on VE Day from home, while we #StayHomeSaveLives. The site contains links to: a Toolkit; How to plan your VE Day Party at home and a VE Day Challenge from historian Dan Snow.

English Heritage official VE Day website

Join English Heritage in exploring some of the remarkable stories from this chapter in England's story, and find out how you can get involved in the commemorations at home. Take a look at their fascinating and informative website, view and download the VE Day 75 pack for1940s recipes, dance steps and even a Spotify playlist to help you plan.

Colouring Heroes  

For a more contemporary feel to the festivities, Colouring Heroes have created some templates to create your own bunting to print, colour in, and display.  Take a look at their Facebook page for more free information.


Our partners at the local Town and County Councils also have some ideas and information too, take a look at the following links:


Arundel Town Council

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 


Littlehampton Museum

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


Bognor Regis Town Council

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


Keep Calm and Carry On with West Sussex County Council, Libraries and Archives

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.  

#StaySafe  #StayHome  #SaveLives  #ProtectOurNHS  #2metres


Share your #VEDAY75 stories and pictures on our social media channels Facebook  Twitter  Instagram 


Arun District Council's Coronavirus message April 2020



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