The Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WWII

Published Friday, 1st May 2020

“For those that gave so much, we thank you.” – Never has a sentiment rung truer both then and now, thanking those who put their lives on the line to save ours.

For the first time in our proud history, people in Worcestershire are being invited to stay at home, and on Friday 8th May at 3pm, join the nation in standing to raise a glass or cup of their choice and toast our military heroes 75 years on from that fateful day in 1945.

The global Coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately forced many community events that were scheduled to take place across the county to commemorate and celebrate the end of WW II cancelled.

But that doesn’t mean the county can’t come together, mark the day and say thank you.

The Queen will be commemorating the landmark occasion with a televised address to the nation at 9pm on the 8th May, 75 years on from her father’s King George V1 radio speech to announce peace in Europe.

Councillor Rob Adams, Chairman of the Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership said:

I’d love to see Worcestershire standing proud and marking this massive milestone in our country’s military history.  Whilst it’s saddening that we aren’t able to celebrate the anniversary as we had planned, the community spirit and camaraderie that has been created during the war we’re all currently fighting has created yet another moment, we’ll all look back on with pride.”

“Doing all we can and making sure those veterans who kept us safe, are now keeping safe and well, and receiving all the support they need is a top priority for us. 

Our brilliant military charities and organisations who work locally in Worcestershire are putting measures into place to ensure they stay connected to the veteran community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) period. Social isolation doesn’t mean we are not here for you.”

Bruno Peek, Pageant master of VE Day 75 stated: “I know you will share my personal disappointment that VE Day 75 events, which we have been planning for nearly two years, will not go ahead as we had all hoped. But I am sure you will agree that the safety of our loved ones and friends comes before everything else and we all have a responsibility to abide by the advice that will help to see us through this emergency.”

The VE Day 75 campaign is offering a few ways we can celebrate the anniversary, in the safety of our own homes and communities ensuring that everyone stays safe. 

To find out more visit the VE day website 

There are lots of other ways to get involved and show support in marking the day on social media and via digital channels. 

A range of resources and toolkits are available at gov.uk including historian and TV presenter Dan Snow, who has set-up a VE Day digital challenge for young people and schools.

There’s information about how best to contact charities and organisations from across Worcestershire, on our dedicated ‘Coronavirus support for the armed forces community’ page of our website.