2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day - the moment that the guns across Europe fell silent and the war with Nazi Germany came to an end.

Celebrations erupted all over the nation, and the day has become enshrined in history as VE Day.

In 2020, to honour the sacrifices and to celebrate peace, Friday 8th May 2020 - VE Day - has been made a bank holiday, kickstarting what would have been a three-day celebration of international, national and local events.

Ringwood Events Team, through Ringwood Town Council had planned a huge street party with many local organisations providing support to make the event a special celebration and commemoration.

Sadly, this, and most other VE Day events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

You can still get involved and mark the occasion whilst staying at home with these commemorative events and activities (and please keep an eye on our social media – facebook/ringwoodtowncouncil for more events as they come through):

Commemorative Service

Please visit Ringwood TV on Friday 8th May for a live stream of the following service to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day:

10.55am - Tony Ring, Ringwood Town Mayor introduction

11am - Last Post, followed by a national two minute silence

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Reflection and Prayers led by Adam Skirton (Poulner Baptist Church) and Rev. Matthew Trick (Vicar of Ringwood Benefice)

Ending - Rev. Terry Roberts, Chaplain for the Ringwood Branch of the Royal British Legion

A piper will play the service out.

Join us for The Nation’s Toast

The Nation's Toast was intended to be held in pubs up and down the country.

Now we hope you will raise a glass in celebration of VE Day from your front gardens, doorsteps or your living room window.

Let your friends, neighbours and family know that Ringwood will still be honouring our World War 2 heroes at 3pm on Friday 8 May.

Decorate your home
Lets turn Ringwood red, white and blue! BBC Local Radio's Make a Difference project is encouraging you to mark the occasion by making your own special VE Day 'Great British Bunting' to display in your windows.

Details at the BBC's website www.bbc.co.uk/makeadifference. It would be great to display for the long weekend, 8th to 10th May.

If you have little ones, could they colour in a union jack poster and add to the fabulous displays of rainbows that are brightening up the town?

Here is one we made earlier, as they say!

Hold your own 1940s style tea party at home.

Get details, recipes, games and activities at
ve-vjday75.gov.uk/plan-your-ve-day-party/ or perhaps join in with the Picnic for Hope http://bigpicnicforhope.com/

National commemorative events- 8th May

See ve-vjday75.gov.uk/ for full details of official government plans and resources and latest timings.

11am - 2 minutes silence for a national moment of remembrance

2.45pm - Commemorative programme on BBC One

3pm - Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2

8pm - Commemorative programme on BBC One.

9pm - Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation on BBC One, at 9pm, the same time her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.

Followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again'.

Open your doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.

Let’s do what we can (safely) in these challenging times to mark this very important occasion.