This week the History team have been looking at VE Day, we will celebrate VE Day on Friday 8th May, but what is VE Day and why are we celebrating it?
Victory in Europe Day/VE Day took place on May 8th 1945. It was a public holiday and day of celebration to mark the defeat of Germany by the Allied forces in Second World War.
VE Day marked the end of the war with Germany and brought to an end six years of suffering, courage and endurance across the world.
How did people celebrate the first VE Day?
- People ran out on to the streets, hanging bunting and banners and dancing.
- Church bells played across the country to share the news: peace in Europe!
- Everyone brought out food to share at street parties.
- Tuesday May 8th was to be a national day of celebration; Victory in Europe Day.
- The capital city, London, was the place to be on VE Day
- Anyone who could reach the city did so.
- The centre of London was full of people wearing red, white and blue, waving flags, dancing and singing
- Fireworks filled the sky with flashes of light.
- On VE Day, everyone, both in London and at home sitting by their radio, wanted to hear just one man: Winston Churchill, who was the Prime Minister.
- At 3pm the Prime Minister broadcast to the nation: the war was over.
- Shortly after Churchill’s speech, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses came out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
- Churchill told the crowds: “This is your victory!”
To celebrate VE Day the History team would like you to try some activities at home.
Can you make your own medal? This can be on the template attached or you can make your own 3D medal.