VE Day 75
Dartford Borough Council invites you to get involved with the 75th anniversary of VE Day
After the deprivations and horrors of the Second World War, Victory in Europe was declared on 8 May 1945. The news ignited spontaneous celebrations in communities across the nation and a national holiday was declared. People from all walks of life came together to mark the moment - in cities, towns, villages and streets all over Britain.
Every anniversary of VE Day is important but reaching the seventy fifth anniversary was due to spark a very special calendar of events and activities. Dartford Council had planned a special bandstand concert, a commemorative gift for children and even arranged for a full-sized Spitfire to make an appearance in Central Park.
However, in line with the latest expert medical advice and guidance on mass gatherings, the Council has scaled back VE Day 75 events this year, but that’s not stopping us from paying tribute to the Second World War generation, and we are encouraging everyone in Dartford to do this from the safety their own homes.
DBC has launched VE Day 75 with this short video showing how everyone in Dartford can take part.
The Council will be promoting different ways to take part and stay safe on Dartford Together including:
*Joining the nation’s toast to the heroes of WW2 at 3pm on Friday 8 May
*How to make bunting to hang both inside and outside your home
*Colouring posters for kids and your windows
*Commemorate by having a special meal indoors including how to cook wartime recipes posters to print and personalise, graphics to share on social media
These resources will be available to download at the bottom of this page over the course of this week.
Also don’t forget to share your Second World War stories, family histories, messages of remembrance and VE Day home activities on social media using #VEDay75 to join in the conversation.
English Heritage are also marking the day, visit their website to explore some of the remarkable stories from this chapter in England's history.
Finally, Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, and a national moment of remembrance will be marked with a two minute silence at 11am as the Culture Secretary has called on the public to mark the occasion at home.
Visit Gov.uk for full information.
You can download a completely blank bunting template PDF, 110.71 KB to design however you like
Or feel free to visit Gov.uk to download some pre-made designs.
Wartime Recipe Book
Download some fun and simple wartime recipes
Dartford in the Second World War quiz
Download a short quiz with questions about Dartford during the Second World War
'Triumph and Sorrow' - Dartford at the end of the Second World War
Download the online exhibition