VE Day: 75th Anniversary
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).
Five things you can do to mark VE Day 75
1. 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.
- Download the VEDay75 poster (.pdf) (1.12MB) (Opens in a new window)
- Download the 'To Those Who Gave So Much' poster (.pdf) (460KB) (Opens in a new window)
- Download a printable Union Jack (.pdf) (38.8KB) (Opens in a new window)
- Download a blank Union Jack for colouring in (.pdf) (52.2KB) (Opens in a new window)
Share photos of your posters with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75
2. 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.
Share photos with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #Broxtowe75 or by emailing email@example.com
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.
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.