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United Values: VE Day

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VE Day


Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, was celebrated on 8th May 1945 to mark the official surrender of the German Army and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Last year marked the 75th Anniversary of this date. Use this page to see some of the events that are taking place to celebrate VE Day, and find out more about the history leading up to and after this day.

Celebrating VE Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day there was supposed to be a whole range of celebrations accross the country.
These have had to be canceled due to the social distancing measures put in place due to the COVID19 outbreak here you can find some suggestions on what you can still do to mark the day.

Here are some events happening during the day that you can join in.


 2 minutes Silence


Nation's Toast


Raise a drink of your choice in a toast saying “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”


Katherine Jenkins live from the Royal Albert Hall


Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins will be performing from the Royal Albert Hall with a live concert broadcast being streamed across Youtube.

Use this link to watch


Queen's Speech


The Queen will address the nation on BBC1 at the same time her father addressed the nation in 1945.

Sing along to wartime songs

Bradford Ccoucil has commissioned a 20 minute video of wartime songs for people to watch and sing-along with. This video has also been sent to all care homes in the Bradford district alongside a special message from the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Doreen Lee.

History of the Second World War

Here you can find resources to help you find out about the history of World War 2 and your families part in it.


How they Celebrated in 1945

Library Resources on the 2nd World War

The origins of the Second World War in Europe
World War II reference library
The Third Reich politics and propaganda
Citizenship and belonging immigration and the politics of demographic governance in post-war Britain
Wartime fashion from haute couture to homemade 1939-1945
The origins of the Second World War an international perspective
Hitler and Nazi Germany Stephen
The wages of destruction the making and breaking of the Nazi economy
Alternatives to appeasement Neville Chamberlain and Hitler's Germany
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