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VE Day 75th Anniversary - Celebrate from Home Pack

Published on Monday, 4th May 2020

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Jon Doyle - Salvation Army and Cllr Adrian Fluker

Take part in VE Day celebrations safely from home with our VE Day 75 online resource pack.

Despite these challenging times, we are encouraging everyone to mark the VE Day 75th anniversary on Bank Holiday Friday 8 May by following the ideas in our VE Day 75 online resource pack and take part in celebrations safely from home.

Ideas in the pack include; wartime recipes, sing-a-longs, ideas for dressing up, a video from local historian, Councillor, Stephen Nunn and supporting BBC Essex in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting, following their details on bbc.co.uk/makeadifference.  

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “Sadly, our plans to mark this important anniversary with a bank holiday weekend of events have had to be postponed, but will be proudly flying a VE Day flag at the Council Offices in Maldon and one in Burnham-on-Crouch to demonstrate our support for this occasion.  There is so much you can do safely from home to mark this important anniversary and our online VE Day 75 pack, has a range of ideas.  I hope you will join others in your household, or remotely with you friends and family, to mark this anniversary.”

We are working with our Salvation Army partners to distribute A4 posters to those who receiving the food parcels, so they can show their support by placing the poster in their windows. 

At the time of VE Day, The Salvation Army were based in Church Street, Maldon (now the Mosque) and they hosted a VE Day party there. During the war the Salvation Army provided mobile canteens (for tea and snacks) and were often onsite at bomb sites, aircraft crashes etc offering their support. They also visited RAF Bradwell Bay.

Several members of The Salvation Army served in the armed forces during the war and the corps at Burnham operated a mobile canteen in the Dengie Peninsular’.

You are encouraged to raise a glass of refreshment and follow the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May.   Using this unique opportunity, we are paying tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. The toast is – “To those who gave so much, we thank you.” 

Please join the nation in celebrating but do not breach the social distancing measures by celebrating in our Parks or by inviting friends and neighbours to join you.

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