The Royal British Legion and Her Majesty’s Government is calling on those in Northamptonshire to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) with a weekend of celebrations from the May 8-10.
Local communities are being asked to come together and place the Second World War generation at the heart of the party.
Community celebrations will reflect the national events taking place in London where Second World War veterans are invited to attend as the nation’s VIPs. On Sunday 10 May, there will a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade from the Abbey to Horse Guards Parade and into St James’s Park, where the Legion will host a lunch reception for the veterans.
Communities across the UK are being encouraged to organise or take part in celebrations which recognise and salute an extraordinary generation who played such an important part in our history. The Legion is working in partnership with the Government to mark the anniversary and hopes that community halls, public spaces and homes will be decked with bunting and playing music to recreate the celebrations of 70 years ago.
Mark Collins, The Royal British Legion’s Area Manager for the South East Midlands, said: “We are honoured to play our part in helping the nation mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The Legion has a responsibility to help the memories of those of who have fought and died in our nation’s Armed Forces live on for future generations.
“The commemoration of this conflict, still in living memory, gives us the opportunity to salute the Second World War generation.
“We hope that all communities will use the VE Day 70 commemorations to thank them and celebrate the role they played in our nation’s history.”
If you don’t plan on organising an event yourself, you can find out what is happening in your local area at www.veday.org.uk or on local government websites www.gov.uk/veday70. The Legion’s microsite will also contain ideas and tips on event planning with décor and recipe inspiration.
Veterans can register to attend the events in London by visiting britishlegion.org.uk or calling 0808 8028080. The deadline for applications is Friday April 17.