How To Celebrate VE Day In Lockdown

VE Day, celebrated nationally on Friday 8th May, falls perfectly in line with the May bank holiday this year! And, although we’re in lockdown, you can still celebrate at home with the people you’re with.

We want to say thank you to every person who once served in the armed forces or still does. You’re incredible. Thank You.

And, a thank you to all our Key Workers, we’d like to hope there’s a day dedicated to you guys in years to come, so we can remember everyone who fought on the front line of the virus, affecting so many people all over the globe. Without you guys, the world wouldn’t have survived this – Thank You.

Ways to celebrate VE Day 2020

Friday marks 75 years since the end of the war in Europe, so, while we’re at home this year, rather than out to protect the vulnerable and the NHS, we’re listing fun ways to celebrate!

Make some creative bunting

Get the (big) kids gathered around a table with a collection of coloured pens, scissors, tape and string and make some colourful bunting for around the house. A great idea to keep everyone entertained and occupied.

Get baking

Flour may be scarce right now, but if you have a bit left lying around in the cupboard, why not bake some army themed cakes or some really simple yet delicious union jack inspired cupcakes!

Have a traditional afternoon tea party

Take it back to the 1940s with a traditional style afternoon tea. Make a pot of tea, cut your sandwiches into small shapes, have your favourite desserts in small bowls and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with the family. A perfect spin to lunch or dinner time on the historic day – take it outside and enjoy it in the garden on a blanket.

Get dressed up

What do we want? to dress up like we’re from the 1940s! When do we want to do it? everyday!

Get dressed up like you’re in the army with camo clothes and face paint. Go full 1940s themed with long skirts and blouses, curled bob haircuts, and stockings. It’ll make a change to the everyday attire of PJ’s or joggers.

Remember the 2 minute silence

Among all the fun, remember the 2 minutes of silence taking place nationally on 8th May at 11am. Although there’s lots of fun to be had indoors it’s still an important time to remember all the loss and the hurt that the brave soldiers and regular people went through.

This year, the Royal British Legion have said that while we will remember the men and women lost in WW2, it may also be a time to reflect on the impact of the current coronavirus outbreak.

They said, “At 11am, we’re 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 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.”


Full VE Day timetable 2020

11am | BBC One | The Nation Remembers
BBC One will hold the two-minute silence marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

2.45pm | BBC One | The Announcement of Victory
BBC One will broadcast Winston Churchill’s original speech.

8pm | BBC One | The People’s Celebration
A special show on BBC One celebrating with some of the biggest UK stars.

8pm | BBC One | The People’s Celebration
The Queen will give her annual speech.

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