Three Rivers commemorates VE Day

07th May 2020

Today, Thursday 7 May, the Union Flag was raised at Three Rivers House to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day). This year, the Government moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. 

We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities, but given the restrictions due to COVID-19, sadly these have had to be cancelled. It was, however, deemed appropriate that such an auspicious occasion be recognised by the Council within the current social distancing rules. 

Cllr Paula Hiscocks, Three Rivers Chairman, said: “It is entirely appropriate to raise the flag for such an important day, especially in the present circumstances where we are losing so many of the older generation who fought for our freedom. 

“It is good to note that the planned celebrations have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic and Government guidelines. The health and safety of our communities remain a priority.”  

There are lots of ideas for ways that people can celebrate VE Day at home on the Royal British Legion website:

The national commemorations taking place on VE Day include:

  • two special programmes on BBC One
  • a two-minute silence of remembrance at 11am
  • raise a glass of refreshment of your choice to toast The ‘Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2’ at 3pm - “Those who gave so much, we thank you”
  • a pre-recorded televised address from Her Majesty The Queen at 9pm.