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VE Day 2020 Reflect and Respect

On Friday 8th May, the nation celebrated Victory in Europe Day. Marking 75 years since the end of World War 2 in Europe.

This year, the nation celebrated ‘together while keeping safely apart’. Due to the current COVID 19 crisis, social distancing measures means that the usual parties, festivals and celebrations for VE Day were adjusted. The BBC broadcasted “The People’s Celebration” their version of a socially distanced concert, including singers and performers such as Helen George, Beverley Knight and Katherine Jenkins performing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The Queen addressed the public at 3pm, the same time and date her father did, 75 years ago, following the Declaration of Victory in Europe.

TV programmes, radio shows and podcasts were broadcast on veterans’ accounts of this special day, 75 years ago, what they saw, how they felt and what it was like, knowing the war was over.

Some people held celebrations in their gardens and in the streets, respecting social distancing guidelines for the safety of all people.

Some video called family and friends, sharing memories of loved ones, singing, making plans to look forward to, when lockdown is lifted.

Some decorated windows, gardens, paths, doors, fences and gateways in red, white and blue.

Some discovered family history, inspired to unearth their ancestors and learn more about their family tree.

Some sang songs, “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day” and other wartime classics that still have meaning and significance still today, just under different circumstances.

Some dressed in WW2 inspired outfits and 1940’s hairstyles.

Glenn Millers’ “In the mood” wartime classic was played out in the streets, and in the houses of those celebrating and dancing to the infectiously cheerful composition

Here’s a few pictures from our team, celebrating VE Day - lockdown style!

We hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday Weekend, and the glorious weather we had. Not all days are blessed with such sunshine, but we must carry the light with us and be a source of positive support for ourselves and those we care for.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe.

Our best wishes from all of us at Best Futures.


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