VE Day celebrations with a difference will take place across Wales this Friday (May 8) as people join together to mark the 75th anniversary from home.

With members of the public no longer able to attend VE Day 75 events, the Royal British Legion is calling on the nation to get involved from home throughout the day and pay tribute to the entire Second World War generation.

Activities include a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, and activity packs for individuals and families.

At 11am the Legion is encouraging people to pause for a two minute silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, and also to reflect on the devastating impact coronavirus has had on so many lives across the world.

Following the silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day 75 livestream on its website, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

In partnership with the BBC, there will be an evening of memories and music from 8pm with members of the public invited to take part in a UK-wide sing-a-long of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ after the Queen addresses the nation at 9pm.

A VE Day learning pack is available online designed for 7-14 year olds and includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day together.

The Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director of Commemorative Events, Bob Gamble OBE, said: “As we face some of the most challenging times since the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of people’s service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.”

Members of the public can access the activities at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75.

What is VE Day 75?

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) – the moment that the guns across Europe fell silent at the end of war in Europe.

 

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