Join us on Friday 8th May as we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front. As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what we are going through today. We look to our Second World War generation to learn from their experiences, and we continue our work to protect them from the threat we currently face.
With members of the public unable to attend VE Day 75 events there are still lots of ways you can get involved through remote activity, including:
National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving at 11am
We are joining the nation in taking part in a moment of remembrance, where people across all generations and communities are encouraged to 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.
Join the British Legion for a VE Day 75 livestream at 11.15am
Grab a cup of tea and join the British Legion for an 80-minute stream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their shared experiences. We’ll be sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers, and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. We’ll be streaming live on this page after the Two Minute Silence from 11.15am, as well as on the Legion’s Facebook page.
Nation’s Toast at 3pm
We will be taking part in Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2. All you need to join in is…
- Stand up
- Raise a glass of refreshment
- Undertake the following toast – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
This a safe opportunity 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.
Tune into the BBC from 8pm
Singalong to ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm
Join in with a UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm.