VE Day – or Victory in Europe Day – will on Friday commemorate the 75th anniversary of the acceptance by the Allies of World War 2 of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. There were events planned across the UK for this occaision, however, these have been cancelled or moved onto TV amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Some events are still taking place – with a day full of commemorative programmes on BBC, and things individual people can do to take part in the day.
Britons are asked to decorate their homes in red, white and blue, to have a ‘stay at home street party’.
The Queen will address the nation at 9pm on Friday, and earlier in the day Prince Charles will read an extract from the diary of George VI written on the day victory in Europe was announced.
A moment of silence will also take place, as well as a singalong to Dame Vera Lynn’s song We’ll Meet Again, and an RAF Red Arrows flypast.
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How to watch the VE Day 75th anniversary flypast
The Red Arrows flypast is at 3pm on Friday, during the broadcast of Winston Churchill’s victory speech on BBC One.
The iconic planes will fly over Buckingham Palace.
Footage of the flypast will likely be shown on the BBC, while those in the area will be able to see the iconic planes as they pass by.
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Due to the lockdown conditions, Britons are asked not to flock to areas where a flypast is taking place – and to try to adhere to social distancing guidelines if leaving home.
After Churchill’s speech has finished, Britons are encouraged to head to their doorstep where possible and raise a toast to those who gave so much during the war.
Dubbed the Nation’s Toast, those taking part should raise a glass and say the words “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
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Timeline of events for VE Day
10.50am – During a service in Westminster, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will lay a wreath on behalf of the Commons, while Lord West will lay a wreath on behalf of the Lords.
11am – A national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence will be held
11.15am Royal British Legion’s VE Day Livestream
The nation is invited to join in with the British Legion’s livestream that will feature stories of those who served.
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VE Day flypast: Timetable of events for VE Day
2.45pm – A special programme on BBC One will feature extracts from Churchill’s victory speech to the nation which announced the end of the war in Europe will be broadcast
2.55pm – Solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players will be invited to play the Last Post from their homes
3pm – As Churchill’s speech is broadcast, people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
8pm – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration will be shown on BBC One, featuring Sophie Raworth as presenter, and stars like Katherine Jenkins, Anton Du Beke and Beverley Knight will perform versions of well-known songs from the 30’s and 40’s.
8pm – ITV will show a new documentary on Captain Tom Moore titled Captain Tom’s War.
9pm – The Queen’s pre-recorded address will air.
This will be a special moment for the Queen as the speech is shown at the exact same time and on the date her father King George VI gave a radio address on May 8, 1945.
After the Queen’s speech, the nation will join together in a singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime anthem We’ll Meet Again – led by the lady herself and broadcast on BBC One.