Union Flags will fly at full-mast on UK Government buildings and the UK will observe a two-minute silence on Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
A two minute silence will be held on Friday 8 May at 11am (UK time), to remember and thank those who fought for our freedom.
The silence will be marked by all Government departments. Complete Care west Yorkshire Ltd will proudly follow suit.
When the early bank holiday was moved to Friday in order to coincide with the 75th VE day anniversary it was with huge celebrations in mind.
The pandemic has sadly forced the cancellation of the veteran and street parties which would have marked the historic occasion.
However, while the Government is asking people to continue to observe social distancing rules, there are other ways to celebrate this great day.
How will VE Day 75 be celebrated?
The VE day celebrations will now be led by the Queen with her pre-recorded televised address broadcast on the BBC show at 9pm - the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.
After the broadcast, the public will be invited to join a moment of celebration and thanksgiving by taking part in a rendition of Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn's wartime anthem "We'll Meet Again", during a BBC One programme of music and memories.
It follows The Queen's address to the country on April 5 when she delivered a message of hope which concluded with an echo of Lynn's classic words: "We will meet again."
Prince Charles will read the diary entry for 8 May, 1945 from the wartime journal of his grandfather, which describes VE Day, including the royal family's memorable Buckingham Palace balcony appearances. Dame Vera Lynn alongside Katherine Jenkins, who will also feature in the VE Day celebrations
The celebrations will also feature WWII veterans and those who served on the home front taking part in a series of video calls with the likes of the royal family and Boris Johnson.
Official commemorations begin at 11am on 8 May with a nationwide two-minute silence, and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will record a special reflection and moment of prayer to mark the day.
Victory in Europe Day on 8 May 1945 marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's surrender by Britain and its Allies following almost six years of brutal warfare during the Second World War.
It saw spontaneous celebrations break out across the country, and even the young Queen, then Princess Elizabeth ventured out with a group of friends, including her sister Princess Margaret, to experience the excitement. These events later formed the basis of the film A Royal Night Out.
VE Day timetable
- 11am — Two-minute national silence to remember the declaration of victory and the end of the Second World War in Europe.
- 2.45pm - 3.45pm — The first of two special BBC One programmes to mark VE75, including extract from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech delivered at 3pm on VE Day.
- Afternoon — Britons encouraged to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties at home rather than street parties, including homemade bunting and recipes from the era.
- 9pm — Address by the Queen followed by national doorstep rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s "We’ll Meet Again".
We hope you can still celebrate VE day under lockdown, and mark the 75th anniversary in style.
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