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The history behind Victory in Europe Day and how to celebrate during Covid-19

In a radio tackle to the nation, Churchill mentioned: “My dear friends, this is your hour. We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing.”

VE Day has since been celebrated yearly in commemoration of the Armed Forces and navy personnel who lost their lives in battle.

How will VE Day be celebrated this year?

Due to the pandemic public celebrations will be unable to happen, very similar to the seventy fifth anniversary in 2020. 

Lockdown restrictions at present solely permit teams of six, or a bigger group of up to 10 individuals from two households, to meet exterior in gardens and public areas. So socially distanced  VEcelebrations between households and buddies may happen in the event that they observe the rules.

However, the Royal British Legion Industries are asking individuals to place a ‘Tommy’ figure – a silhouette of a First World War soldier – in their window to “celebrate a remarkable generation”. 

Some organisations will even be holding occasions on-line or inviting individuals to participate in digital fundraisers or to assist charities.

The RAF Association charity will host on-line VE celebrations on its Facebook web page this Saturday, May 8 from 10am, together with a low-impact health session, a digital quiz and a singalong. While Care for Veterans is inviting runners to take part in a 10k virtual challenge on 8 May, to elevate funds to assist the charity’s nursing and rehabilitation providers for ex-service personnel.

How has VE Day been recognised in latest years?

VE Day is commemorated every year with road events, group gatherings and acknowledgement from the Armed Forces.

The most up-to-date vital celebrations have been in 2015 when the seventieth anniversary of VE Day was marked with three days of occasions.

The Queen joined 1,000 veterans and their households in a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, and a army parade handed by way of Westminster in direction of Buckingham Palace.

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