This year marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day and also VJ Day.
The whole country will celebrate VE Day over a three day weekend from Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May.
The Government have planned the following programme:
8th May (VE Day)
There will be a day of remembrance with a Service held at the Cenotaph in London. A 2 minute silence will be held at 3pm which will mark the formal broadcast announcement made by Winston Churchill, that the war in Europe had ended. On the Friday evening 100 beacons will be lit across the UK to mark this anniversary.
Planned to be a Celebration Day, at 11am cathedrals across the country have been invited to ring their bells to mark the occasion. There will be a 1940’s style concert held at Horse Guards Parade in London that evening. This is planned to be shown live on BBC1.
This marks Thanksgiving, there will be a service in Westminster Abbey and representatives from the Royal family, Government, all the Forces, and all countries who fought alongside Britain, will attend. Following the service servicemen both present and past will parade from the Abbey to Whitehall. In the afternoon there will be a fly past of a number of both modern and 1940’s aircraft including the iconic Hurricane and Spitfire.
Locally there will be an airshow at Shuttleworth on 3rd May in celebration of VE Day. There will be further events across Bedfordshire and the local news and media will broadcast more localised information nearer the weekend. A time to remember those who fought and lost their lives but also a time to celebrate the victory that allows our modern society to exist.