Marking VE75 in Bakewell

Inevitably the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that arrangements for marking VE75 have had to be altered, but events will still be going ahead and social distancing will be maintained.

Royal British Legion Schedule

1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence

1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream

2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People's Celebration, BBC One

2100 – 'We'll Meet Again' Singalong

Two Minute Silence

The Royal British Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.

The Royal British Legion Livestream

Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today's generation to chat about their experiences.

Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion's website and Facebook page

VE Day 75: The People's Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain's favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of "We'll Meet Again" as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.

'We'll Meet Again' Singalong

Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website

In addition at 2pm there will be a minutes clapping, our RBL Standard will be dipped and the Last Post played at 1.55pm. Done online.

Street parties will be held in some places with residents sitting at the end of their driveways or front gardens. Social distancing will be maintained.

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:13 by John Rowe

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