VE Day marks the end of the Second World War in Europe, but this year’s celebrations are set to be very different with a variety of virtual parties taking place.
On Friday 8 May, VE Day celebrates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. However, despite the restrictions on social distancing, putting a stop to traditional celebrations. This year will mark the first virtual parties and events taking place.
People across the UK and Europe are hosting a series of VE Day programmes that will enable people to pay their respects. These will be hosted alongside a nationwide Stay At Home Street Party.
The Stay at Home Street Party will also hold a two-minute silence at 11am and a ‘toast to heroes’ at 3pm to mark the day.
Communities coming together
Some might say that the celebration is also a great way to bring communities together at this uncertain time. Many towns, villages, and cities will be hosting parties that everyone can get involved in. Oakland Castle in Rutland has created tributes and stories from the Second World War, which will be made available on the castle’s website.
Dr Sarah Furness, Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, has helped to coordinate much of Rutland’s VE Day celebrations and said: “Our VE Day 75 celebrations will differ considerably from what was initially intended. Quite rightly, we must observe social distancing and celebrate safely, meaning many public celebrations and commemorations have had to be postponed. Even so, our community has risen to the challenge, and we have a wide range of activities taking place to mark this historic occasion.”
Wigan Council is also urging people to celebrate but indoors after the celebrations for VE Day was cancelled.
Wigan Council leader, David Molyneux said: “Over the last few months, our teams were working really closely with the armed forces community to deliver a spectacular flagship event in Mesnes Park.
“Although circumstances out of our control have impacted these plans significantly, it’s still important to remember and acknowledge this vital milestone in our history.”
The Queen’s speech
The Queen will also be making a speech from Windsor Castle at 9pm to mark the celebration. This is the same time her father, King George VI, gave his radio address marking the end of the fight in 1945.
Morrison’s announce £15 afternoon tea box
For those celebrating VE Day at home, Morrison’s are marking the celebrations with an afternoon tea box that can be delivered directly to your door. This box is designed to be a tea for two and pays homage to the street parties thrown marking the end of the war in 1945.
David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “We’re playing our part in feeding the nation and that includes being there for customers in times of commemoration and celebration.
“These boxes will allow those who would normally be getting together with friends and family to treat themselves to an afternoon tea at home.”