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Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations

  • Event details

  • Friday 8th May 2015 - Sunday 10th May 2015

    10:45am

    St James's Park

Friday 8 May

VE Day itself (Friday 8 May) will be a day of remembrance. A service of remembrance will be held at The Cenotaph, including a national 2 minute silence at 3pm, marking the moment Winston Churchill broadcast his historic speech formally announcing the end of the war.

From midday in St James's Park until Sunday, visitors can get up close to military vehicles throughout the ages, including: A Bren Gun Carrier 'Scout', Scammell Pioneer Heavy Recovery Tractor, Humber Heavy Utility and The Daimler 'Dingo' - as well as many others.

The Department for Education will be encouraging schools across the country to observe the 2 minute silence and to celebrate and commemorate in their own way – for example, by reading out Churchill's historic speech, holding special VE Day-themed assemblies or organising tea parties.

In the evening a chain of over 100 beacons will be lit across the UK. Local communities that have already made plans for the day include Great Yarmouth, Island of Unst, Craig-Y-Dorth, Monmouthshire; Stokesby, Norfolk; and Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Saturday 9 May

Will be celebrated with a concert on Horse Guards Parade Ground in James's Park -  VE DAY 70: A PARTY TO REMEMBER' HOSTED BY CHRIS EVANS.

Featuring: ADRIAN LESTER, ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG, ALFIE BOE, BERNARD CRIBBINS, BLUE, DIVERSITY, ELAINE PAIGE, GREGORY PORTER, IAN LAVENDER, JAMELIA, JANE HORROCKS, KATHERINE JENKINS, PIXIE LOTT, REBECCA FERGUSON, STATUS QUO and STRICTLY COME DANCING.

 Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster

Sunday 10 May

A service of thanksgiving will be held at Westminster Abbey, attended by veterans and their families, members of the Royal Family, representatives of allied nations and Commonwealth countries who fought alongside Britain in the conflict, along with other diplomatic representatives and senior members of government and the armed forces.

Following the service, there will be a parade of current personnel and veterans, supported by bands, from the Abbey along Whitehall, past the balcony of HM Treasury where Winston Churchill made his historic appearance before crowds on VE Day. Veterans who have taken part in the service and parade will then be invited to a reception in St James's Park hosted by The Royal British Legion.

During the afternoon there will be a flypast of current and historic aircraft from the Royal Air Force – including the Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster of the famous Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which played such a famous role in the European War.

Further details on the commemorations, including event listings and how to get involved, are available here.

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