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75th VE Day Anniversary Celebrations Announced

The Royal British Legion and the Government are calling for members of the Second World War generation to take part in events.

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A display by the Red Arrows and a Battle of Britain memorial flight above Buckingham Palace are among a raft of plans that have been drawn up to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The Government had already announced that the traditional early May bank holiday will be moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to celebrate the anniversary.

The Royal British Legion is looking for all those who contributed to the war effort, including those who served on the Home Front and in the emergency services, to take part in the events that will celebrate their role.

Applications are also open for Allied Forces, the Commonwealth, descendants and child evacuees to take centre stage at the commemorations in London which includes a procession down The Mall.

Veterans are also invited to a service of thanksgiving held at Westminster Abbey while street parties are expected to take place across the country.

VE Day celebrations on Bay Street in Toronto, Canada (Picture: City of Toronto Archives).

St James’s Park will be turned into Victory Park for the day, featuring examples of what life in Britain was like during the war.

It has been also confirmed Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech announcing the end of war will be broadcast in public spaces across the country at 3pm.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May1945 marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender by Britain and its Allies following almost six years of brutal warfare during the Second World War.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the anniversary “marks a historic moment for our great country to come together and reflect on the heroes of the Second World War.”

Other events include a Service of Remembrance and parade in Cardiff and a veterans’ parade and concert in Edinburgh.

Last week the Home Secretary announced that pubs, clubs and cinemas will be able to stay open into the early hours in celebration of VE Day.