On Friday, I will be joining the residents of Chatham, Kent, in a ‘stay at home’ party to celebrate the VE day 75th Anniversary. Friday 8th May marks 75 years since the second world war came to an end in Europe.
The VE day 75th Anniversary was meant to be celebrated with a series of national events, including a VE day concert at the Royal Albert Hall. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all these plans have been cancelled.
How can we celebrate VE day 75th Anniversary
The government have outlined a new programme to still remember and give thanks to those who served in the second world war. This can be found on their special website dedicated to the VE day 75th Anniversary celebrations.
We are being encouraged to decorate our homes in red, white and blue. Make a picnic and celebrate with neighbours in our front gardens, whilst still practicing social distancing.
The Royal British Legion are also calling for people to join in with a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynns ‘We’ll meet again’ at 9pm. You can download the lyrics here.
Teaching our children about VE Day
As part of your homeschooling this week, why not incorporate your VE day ‘stay at home’ party, as part of their learning. The BBC have put together a great short video explaining VE day. Twinkl also have a brilliant VE Day resource pack for children aged 7-11.
If you want to delve into a bit of family history, Ancestry have made all their UK Historical records free from 4th – 10th May.
Get creative and make some bunting, flags and paper chains. Colouring Heroes have produced some fabulous printable bunting and colouring sheets. My girls have already started colouring these in and made their own paper chains too.
To finish off the week, you could bake some scones, Mary Berry’s recipe is my favourite. Topped with clotted cream and jam, with a pot of tea is a perfect way to celebrate. Or your children might enjoy making some delicious homemade lemonade, a popular drink in the 1940s.
VE Day party pack
The English Heritage have produced a great VE Day pack to download with song lyrics, 1940’s dance moves and food and drink recipes for your party. Great if you fancy going all out and learning the Lindy Hop!
If you live in or around Chatham, Kent, I would love to see how you are planning your VE Day ‘stay at home’ party. Let me know in the comments below or contact me here.