Join us on Friday 8 May as we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front. 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.
There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what we are going through today. We look to our Second World War generation to learn from their experiences, and we continue our work to protect them from the threat we currently face.
Last remembrance day The Leigh UTC were joined by veterans from WWII – Bill, Frank and Alec. The Leigh UTC would like them to know that at this VE Day commemoration we are all thinking of them and their fellow servicemen and women that fought and allowed us to celebrate and remember VE Day 75 years later.
Two Minute Silence
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.
Other ways to get involve include:
Take part in a stay at home street party! With your household and socially distanced from others take part in a picnic in your front garden. Decorate your house in red, white and blue!
VE Day Singalong – At 9pm on Friday 8 May there will be a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 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 come together and unite.
We need you and as many people as possible to take part in this national moment of thanksgiving and celebration, in honour of our Second World War generation.You can watch and join in on BBC One who will be featuring the singalong as part of their VE Day broadcast.
Leave a message to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, The Royal British Legion have created a message board so you can join in to remember, celebrate and honour brave men and women of World War 2 and our Armed Forces community. Click here to leave your message.