On Friday 8 May, the country will celebrate 75 years since Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), which marks the end of World War II.
This important moment in history is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the past, join in celebrations across the UK, and ultimately pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation.
While we can’t all be together physically, we can all rally together to mark this historic event in many fun and engaging ways. Here are a few ideas and opportunities you can do from your home:
Hang out the bunting
It’s not a celebration without bunting! If you don’t have any at home, why not make some yourself? It’s easy and great fun. Download this template and follow the instructions.
The Royal British Legion is dedicated to ensuring each generation understands the importance and significance of Remembrance. They have created a downloadable pack on their website for you to use for free. Click here for details.
From VE Day food and drink recipes to making your own decorations, Bletchley Park has created a VE Day pack full of ideas, inspiration, fun and more to mark this special event.
Find out more here.
Two minute silence
At 11am on Friday 8 May, join the rest of the nation in a two-minute silence.
From 11.15am, you can live stream to your home stories, memories and moments from the second world war.
At 9pm (if you’re still awake), the nation is being encouraged to stand on their doorstep and join a sing-a-long to Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again. Click here for a printable copy of the lyrics.
That's it, we hope you have fun!