Virtual VE Day tribute

Mendip District Council will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on its social media channels this year – and it’s urging residents to join in the virtual commemorations too.

The Coronavirus outbreak has restricted traditional community events, however the Council is inviting people to post their stories, photos and videos online instead, so they can be shared as we all celebrate together on the Bank Holiday Friday, 8th May, 2020.

Nationally at 11am, there will be a two-minute silence to reflect and remember when the guns across Europe also fell silent, after six years of devastating conflict.

Staff and Members of the Council will be taking part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm, from the safety of their own homes, by standing up, raising a glass and undertaking a Toast which declares: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

There are plans to broadcast Winston Churchill’s rousing speech on TV and radio, and there will be contributions from HRH Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Queen will broadcast to the nation at 9pm – the same time as her father, King George VI, gave his historic radio address on 8th May, 1945. This will be followed by a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

More information on the Mendip District Council webpage