This Friday 8th of May, we commemorate VE Day. It will be 75 years ago since the guns fell silent and victory in Europe was declared. In the UK, on this day, millions of people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the war, to finally welcome peace and to mourn those who lost their lives.
This Friday is an opportunity for the nation to remember the monumental sacrifice the people of this country made and to celebrate a nation coming together through such a dark and terrifying period.
A huge programme of celebrations had been planned across the UK, all listed on veday75.org, including street parties and services up and down the country. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these cannot go ahead. However, the Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home! They say, ‘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.’ They are holding a special live stream event on the day presented by Sonali Shah. The programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers, and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. You can find out more here: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-75-livestream
At 9pm there will be a nation wide sing along to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. You can join in too – find the words here: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
Veday75.org also adds that at 3pm there will be a ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ where we can all stand up and raise a glass of refreshment in the safety of our own homes to toast those who gave so much.
Here at Radio Reminisce we have put together a special afternoon to commemorate the day. From 12pm Ashley Franklin will present a special Daily Tonic. From 1pm you can sing along to our Memory Jukebox as we play songs that helped win the war, followed by an On The Wireless wartime special at 3pm. We hope you will join us!