VE Day: 75th Anniversary

VE Day: 75th Anniversary

Information about how you can mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events to mark VE Day have been postponed. We'll update you with new dates for events planned in the Borough, including the Parade in Eastwood once we have them.

We might have to stay at home at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't still mark this momentous occasion. 

In addition to the national two-minutes silence at 11.00am on Friday 8th May, we have listed below some other ideas and downloads to help you mark the day. You can also find out more about other activities taking place on the Royal British Legion website (Opens in a new window) and the Government VE Day website (Opens in a new window).

A union jack with the text: five things you ca do to mark VE Day

Five things you can do to mark VE Day 75

VE day logo1. Dress your windows

Dress your windows in red, white and blue and with our downloadable posters - there's one for the kids to colour in too.

Local people can look out for them whilst they are outside exercising. 

Share photos of your posters with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75 

Bunting and union jacks with the VE Day logo and saying: activity pack2. Download our kids activity pack

It's full of ideas of fun things you can do from home, as well as information to teach them about what VE Day means. 

Share photos of your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75 

3. Send in photos, stories and memories

We'd love to see photos and hear stories and memories from those who experienced VE Day or stories that have been passed down in your families.

A picture of people celebrating VE day in 1945 hanging out of a car

Share photos with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75 or by emailing 

4. Say thank you

Leave a thank you message for those who gave so much for us on our online thank you book. If you have older friends and family who can't get online, record their messages for them. 

union jack saying: nations toast to the heroes of world war II 3pm Friday 8th May

5.The Nations Toast

At 3.00pm on Friday 8th May, there will be a  Nations Toast To The Heroes Of World War II.

Take part by raising a glass, cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and saying “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Share your photos and videos with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75



Our thoughts this VE Day

Community Leaders have given their thoughts ahead of VE Day.

Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown - view the Mayor's VE Day video (opens in a new window).

Leader of the Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE - view the Leader's VE Day video (opens in a new window).

Darren Henry, Broxtowe MP - view the Broxtowe MP's VE Day video (opens in a new window).

Lee Anderson, Ashfield MP - view the Ashfield MP's VE Day video (opens in a new window).

VE Day Poem

Jay, who works in our Waste and Recycling Team is a poet in his spare time and has written a poem called Counting Forever, especially for VE Day. 

View the video of Jay reading Counting Forever (opens in a new window).

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