May 8th will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day or V-E Day. A day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945
With the day falling on a Friday this year, the early May bank holiday was moved so that people could celebrate, with many towns planning public events to mark the occasion.
The Coronavirus lockdown has of course put a stop to most of the celebrations but Hollingbourne residents are preparing to celebrate from home.
- At 11am, a two-minute silence will be held to honour the sacrifices of those who served in the conflict. This year, it will also be used to reflect on the impact Covid-19 has had.
- At 2.55pm Musicians take to their doorsteps to play the Last Post from their homes.
- 3pm The Red Arrows flypast during the broadcast of Winston Churchill’s victory speech on BBC One.
- also at 3pm National toast to our war heroes- go outside and applaud those who fought and died during the conflict.
- 4pm Garden picnics with 1940s food and fancy dress.
- 6pm Raise glasses to your neighbours.
- 9pm The Queen will address the nation in a pre-recorded speech, It’s the exact time her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8, 1945.
- We’ll Meet Again singalong. The British public is invited to sing along to Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again after the Queen’s speech. A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm. Lyrics available at www.rbl.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong.
Kent Voices from VE Day can be viewed at kentarchives.org.uk