Heads Up 24 April 2020


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Education resources for Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day). This year, the Government has moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism.


Given the restrictions due to COVID-19, plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe have been changed and lots of community activities now cancelled.

However, there are still lots of ways that people can get involved and show their support in marking the day on social media and also at home. 

In the run up to VE Day:

  1. The full toolkit is available here: Get involved in marking #VEDay75. This link contains online resources including tips for hosting a tea party at home, colouring, bunting and creative challenges for children.
  2. Historian and presenter Dan Snow's creative challenge for school-aged children: video on social media and challenge on the website. There will also be a week of history lessons on Dan's History Hit YouTube channel in the week running up to 8 May.
  3. Share your stories: people can share their family's connection to WW2 by posting photos and stories on social media using #VEDay75.
  4. A - Z graphics: shared on Instagram (@dcmsgovuk) with information about VE Day and the end of the Second World War.
  5. Veteran videos and stories - check out the first video featuring Mervyn. @DCMS on Twitter will be featuring these over the next few weeks.

On VE Day:

@DCMS on Twitter will be posting a hero video featuring people thanking those who contributed to the war effort at home, including teachers, farmers, engineers etc. Please look out for this and share on the day.

For more ideas of ways to get involved and more educational resources please visit www.ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/


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