Thanks to our Clerk, Mike Elliott for a summary of how to follow the VE75 day with the Royal British Legion on Friday May the 8th.
Here’s how you can follow the day:
11am: The official commemorations begin with a national moment of remembrance and a two minute silence. Please observe this at home or if doing so outdoors, ensuring you follow social distancing advice.
11.15am: A VE Day 75 livestream from the Legion available at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75 will share stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
3pm: Why not join the tea at 3 campaign? Join others in a cuppa to celebrate the day!
There’s also chance to join in with The Nations Toast. Take part by raising a glass, cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and saying “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
8pm: The Legion has partnered with the BBC to honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One.
9pm: The day will culminate in Her Majesty’s message to the nation on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.
There will then be a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. You are encouraged to open your doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.
VE Day May 8 While we are aware there can be no major activities involving the public gathering for this, there are ways the country are planning to mark the milestone event. Bruno Peek, the National organiser for VE Day, says he is afraid that the terrible Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that they must advise participants to cancel or postpone the majority of the VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8th – 10th May. It is right and proper that people should be kept safe and healthy, he says.
“My sincere thanks to everyone who registered their events and were looking forward to celebrating VE Day 75. I know how disappointed you will be that these cannot now go ahead as planned. However, we are still encouraging solo pipers and town criers to continue to mark the occasion from a safe and suitable location.”
We are also encouraging all those taking part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity which will coincide with the BBC relaying on radio and TV the Victory speech made by Winston Churchill to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
Additionally, you could take part in celebrations safely from home by joining your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at bbc.co.uk/makeadifference
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