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Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day or VE Day as it is more commonly known, marks the end of World War II as the Nazi German army surrendered on Tuesday 8th May 1945.

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VE Day is normally celebrated around the world with street parties and parades, however this year the celebrations will be very different due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Socially-distanced wreath-laying, a two-minute silence, a re-broadcast of Winston Churchill's speech and an address from the Queen are among the events taking place in the UK. The government is encouraging people to watch the events on the BBC and to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties within their households. You can find a list of events that are taking place here.

There will be a two minute silence at 11am on Fri 8th MAy 2020. People across all generations and communities can take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.