VE Day 75th Anniversary

The 8 May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly six years of war and so the 75th anniversary on 8 May 2020 represents an important milestone in our history.

It is a time to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who struggled through this dark period.

This includes the Armed Forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives, and those who returned home injured in body and mind, the hard-working women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating throughout the years of turmoil, the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others who put their lives on hold to safeguard the home front.

The weekend celebrations will be an international celebration of peace.

Events

VE Day events can still take place in your own homes, but due to the Coronavirus emergency and government guidance public events will not take place.

Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation on Friday 8 May. Find out more by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Two Minutes Silence 

At 11am, The Royal British Legion are encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation.

Virtual events taking place on May 8

  • As part of special BBC programming, extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech will recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 3pm and the Prime Minister will speak about the importance of VE Day. 
  • Join The Royal British Legion for VE Day 75 livestream.

Plan your own tea party

Plan your own tea party using the VE Day guide for ideas on how you can celebrate VE Day at home, with music and recipes.

What’s a tea party without decorations and bunting? Find out how to create your own bunting and home decorations using the VE Day toolkit.

Join the nation’s toast to the heroes of WWII with Tea@3, on May 8. 

Share your stories

Share your Second World War stories, messages of remembrance and family histories on social media using #VEDay75.

Nottinghamshire Remembers

Step back in time and explore Nottinghamshire’s history. Explore some of the photographs from World War II and VE Day celebrations from 75 years ago, and look back at our history.

News

Discover and share your WW2 history

Online resources to discover your local and family Second World War histories and connections:

Browse 100s of images related to VE Day and WW2 in Nottinghamshire.

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