This year the May Bank Holiday is changing to May 8th 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe Day”. Over 3 days we will celebrate 75 years since fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

Marching band performing in parade in London to commemorate Victory in Europe Day

What is VE Day?

After almost 6 years of fighting with millions of lives lost, families, cities and homes devastated, Victory in Europe was declared on 8th May 1945.

UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the nation in a radio broadcast announcing the end of the war in Europe. The occasion was marked across Britain with singing, dancing, street parties and celebrations.

Whilst the war against Japan would continue until August that year, the Second World War was coming to an end.

Male and Female War Veterans wearing lots of medals at commemorative service to remember  the sacrifices they and their comrades made in World War 2

A Weekend of Celebration and Commemoration

As an Event management company, we are really looking forward to all of the inspiring commemorative, and celebratory events coming up in our diary.

The 75th anniversary provides everyone with an opportunity to reflect. The enormous sacrifice, courage and determination from people of all walks of life, will be remembered and honoured.

At 3 pm on May 8th, 1945 Winston Churchill announced to the nation that the war in Europe had come to an end. Therefore, this year, thousands of pubs up and down the country will be asking their customers to raise a glass at 3pm and take part in The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2.

Winston Churchill look-a-like in jeep smoking a cigar and making a peace sign with his hand

From hiring pipers to play Battle’s O’er to Winston Churchill look-a-likes and Vintage 1940s inspired singers. There are so many ways you can recreate the sense of victory and celebration.

Vintage 1940's style girl group, singing on stage in vintage military style outfits.

Now that the bank holiday falls on Friday it allows many more people to take the chance to remember. Celebrating and commemorate those who lost their lives to protect future generations. We feel honoured and excited to be a part of so many of these events.

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