Rustington Parish Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel it's weekend programme of planned events to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the WWII generation then and now.
However there are many ways in which the Nation are still being encouraged to come together virtually to mark this historic occasion.
The UK Government has announced revised plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day which will include an address from Her Majesty The Queen.
In line with government guidance, the original plans for VE Day 75, which included a veteran procession, had to be adjusted due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) have also called on the Nation to mark the 75th Anniversary from home.
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Parish Council have created this temporary web page so you can easily refer to ways in which to remember, celebrate and honour brave men and women of World War 2 and our Armed Forces community.
11.00 am Two Minute Silence - There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence at 11 am, some people may wish to stand at their windows or step outside their front door, but it is hoped that individuals and families across the UK will embrace the opportunity to share in a national moment of reflection.
11.15 am - Join the RBL for their VE Day 75 live livestream.
Grab a cup of tea and join the RBL for a 45-minute stream as they bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their shared experiences. They will be sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers, and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. It will be streaming live on this page from 11.15 am, as well as on the Legion's Facebook page.
14.45 - 15.45 pm - Special programmes on BBC One to mark VE 75
As part of special BBC programming, extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech will recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 15.00 pm and the Prime Minister will speak about the importance of VE Day.
People are also encouraged to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 15.00 pm from the safety of their own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
Have a Stay at Home Party -
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a template pack so that the public can hold a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home complete with homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children.
19:45 pm - Clap 4 VE Day 75
An idea started locally by Littlehampton's own RAF, D-Day Hero 99 year old Stanley Northeast. The event is now gaining national attention. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/Clap4VEDay75/
21.00 pm - Her Majesty the Queen will address the Nation
To mark this historic occasion, Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945
21.05 pm - "We'll Meet Again" RBL invite the Nation to sing-a-long
A UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
The RBL state: 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. The words can be found here.
Activities for Children:
Royal British Legion VE Day resources for home
The RBL have created resources for parents and carers, specially designed for home learning. They are aimed at 7-14 year olds and include family-friendly activities and support for you when talking to your child/children about VE Day and Remembrance.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children.
Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow will host history lessons for children from Monday 4 May. At 16.00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day. You can see and take part in Dan Snow’s creative challenge for children here.
Other Activities and ways to take part:
The RBL Message Board
Add your words of thanks to the VE Day message board
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the RBL 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.
Family History Research
The Government and Ancestry are working together to encourage the public to join together in commemorating VE Day by discovering their own connection to the Second World War. As part of this, all UK historical records available on ancestry.co.uk will be free for the public from Monday 4 May until Sunday 10 May, giving people the opportunity to uncover the personal stories of the Second World War and the roles their families played.
NHS Volunteer Responders
Some of the incredible 750,000 volunteers will be deployed to give a number of Second World War veterans a call and provide an opportunity to share their stories.
The public are reminded not to travel to watch events and must adhere to the Government’s social distancing and travel guidance.
Everyone must stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.