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VE Day - Friday 8th May 2020



WHAT IS VE DAY?

VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is the day on which Allied forces formally announced the surrender of Germany, which brought the Second World War to a close in Europe.



Celebrations erupted throughout Britain and more than one million people celebrated in the streets. In London, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth appeared on the balcony alongside Prime Minister Winston Churchill.



How to celebrate VE Day in lockdown



Although social distancing measures have led to gatherings and parties being cancelled, a range of celebratory events will take place during lockdown.





A two minute silence will be take place at 11am, which will be broadcast on the BBC. 'The Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2' is scheduled for 3pm, with people across the country standing up and raising a glass of a drink of their choice while saying the following toast: "To those who gave so much, we thank you."


Organisers are also encouraging Britons to decorate their home in red, white and blue, and hold a 'stay-at-home street party'.


Neighbours can drape flags and bunting over their homes and enjoy the festivities by having picnics in their gardens, while observing social distancing rules and staying at least two metres apart from others. 






TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT VE DAY

You could also use this time as a good opportunity to switch up your homeschooling and teach your children about VE Day and take part in some fun arts and crafts to mark the occasion. Here are some VE Day links that may help you:-

BBC Teach

Twinkl Resource pack

Click the link below for this rather lovely free activity pack that you can print from home, some colouring in fun for your children or even yourself (I find colouring in very therapeutic) the pack includes colour in paper bunting and some flags to design yourself, a colouring in sheet, a make your own glider activity and a word search!

Activity Pack

Hope this helps you all to have a great day!


Stay safe.

Sarah & Tim, Eyeconic Photography

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