On 8th May we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when WW2 ended on this continent.
There will be a 2 minutes silence at 11am. As we are still in ‘lockdown’ it’s not possible to gather for prayer at our church. So a short service of prayers and readings is available that you might like to use at home. It can be used at anytime but perhaps most appropriately after the 2 minutes silence. A recording of the service led by Rev’d Vicky will be available from 11.02am on Friday. You might also like to read the Order of Service for the Westminster Abbey Thanksgiving Service in 1945 which is available to download here.
At 3pm there is a ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ when we are invited to stand up, raise a glass (from the safety of our homes) and use the following toast ‘to those who gave so much, we thank you’, using this opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions both here and abroad who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
At 9pm an address by HM Queen Elizabeth will be broadcast and this will be followed by a national doorstep sing-along to the wartime favourite We’ll Meet Again led by Dame Vera Lynn from her home. You can find more information and the lyrics to the song here.
Don’t forget our wonderful flower team have created a beautiful flower display in the churchyard to mark the VE Day celebrations which you might like to visit on your daily exercise.