VE Day activities over the weekend Friday 8th May
11 am - 2 minutes silence and prayers from Archbishop of Canterbury
2.55pm Playing of the last post followed by piping of the marches Battle’s O’er and VE 75 years
3pm The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II
We would very much like to encourage you all to still take part in the Nation’s Toast from the safety of your homes to pay tribute to the many millions in the United Kingdom and overseas who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we have today. We would invite you stand at 3pm and raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following toast: “For those that gave so much, we thank you.” This will be the first time such a tribute has ever taken place so please encourage others to join in from their own homes. Join others at your window or front doors.
The BBC is broadcasting Churchill’s speech that declared the end of the war in Europe, just as it was in 1945 which will be followed by an address from the Prime Minister then head outside for a tea party – traditional sandwiches and cake!
6.55pm The Cry for Peace around the World
The Ivers Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Wendy Matthews will read this and it will be posted on Facebook. Please join in from your homes
Remember men & women, old & young, who died to make us free.
The women left at home did not just sit and wait.
They toiled in harsh conditions before dawn to very late.
Factories, farms, other essential jobs, the women were quick at learning.
They worked, some died, to keep the home fires burning.
As we remember this special day,
do not forget that every day someone needs your aid,
Do not put away your poppies, letting your memories fade.
Celebrate with the knowledge that VE Day is also a time to remember,
Beyond the solemn wreaths of the 11th of November.
Let’s thank all those who have gone before, with their colours proudly unfurled.
Join us as united we say, “Peace to the world”.
9pm The Queen addresses the Nation
The Royal British Legion will lead a “We’ll meet again” sing along on the BBC – join in from your doorsteps, special thanks to Peter and Anne Torrent for their recording which will be shared on Facebook and to Will Torrent for editing duties.
11am The Tribute to the Millions
This will be read by the Chairman of the Ivers Parish Council, Cllr Wendy Matthews and Rev Robert Gooding, Vicar of Iver Parish, from the War Memorial in St Peters Churchyard and posted on Facebook.
Please click here to see our Facebook VE Day special recordings