Coronavirus may have forced the cancellation of VE Day 75 celebrations, but we can still toast this occasion from our homes
8th May 1945 was one of the most joyous days in history. There were street parties across the UK and vast crowds filled central London as Britain celebrated Victory in Europe.
Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75 anniversary of VE Day. This year’s anniversary will probably be the last major VE Day Anniversary which World War II veterans will be able to celebrate.
A commemorative event was planned to take place in the Royal Albert Hall on 8th May, with a screen to show it in cinemas all over Britain.
Sadly, all the plans made for celebrating this occasion have had to be scrapped due to the nationwide ban on mass gatherings ensuing from the Coronavirus crisis.
However, everyone can still take part in these celebrations regardless of where they are.
At 3:00pm on Bank Holiday Friday, the nation will be asked to raise a glass to toast the heroes of World War II. It doesn’t have to be a glass of alcohol so everyone – men, women and children of all faiths can creeds – can join in. It can be done anywhere – at home, in the supermarket – wherever you happen to be.
So, on Friday 8th May at 3:00pm, please join the Queen in a toast to those to whom we owe so much.