Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day
8 May 2020 saw the 75th anniversary of VE Day, an international celebration of the arrival of peace in Europe. As an opportunity to reminisce and reflect, VE Day is always an important moment for Anchor Hanover’s residents and colleagues and this year we were even more determined help people living in later life celebrate this special anniversary.
On this page, you’ll find links to resources used to help people commemorate VE Day from their homes and examples of the incredible things that people living and working in our care homes and housing locations organised to mark the moment.
How we commemorated VE Day across Anchor Hanover
Silver Court care home honours World War Two veteran Cyril Starr this VE Day
Lance-Corporal Cyril Starr, 94, will be celebrating VE Day with fellow residents and care staff at Silver Court care home this Friday.
St Marys care home create a unique VE Day museum
To commemorate VE Day, Anchor’s St Marys care home in Ipswich has curated a unique museum filled with residents’ astounding memories and artefacts from the Second World War.
Millfield care home salute World War Two signalman Eric Bradshaw this VE Day
Eric Bradshaw, 95, will be celebrating with fellow residents and care staff at Anchor’s Millfield care home this Friday.
Dawson Lodge care home keeps calm and carries on with VE Day celebrations
Two Second World War veterans from Southampton are looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE day this Friday at Dawson Lodge care home.
Primrose Court care home honours world war two veteran for VE Day
A Second World War veteran living in a Leeds care home will be honoured during a special celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day this Friday.
Linwood care home honours veteran with VE Day celebrations
A second world war veteran from Elmbridge will be having a special celebration on VE day this Friday in his care home.
Care home staff and residents at Wetherby Manor celebrate VE day
Staff from a Wetherby care home have organised a party for their older residents to mark VE Day.
See St Mary's unique museum
To commemorate VE Day, St Marys care home in Ipswich has curated a unique museum filled with residents’ astounding memories and artefacts from the Second World War. Read more.
Wold View sunflowers
The manager at Wold View in Brough, East Yorkshire has been distributing sunflower seeds along with VE Day Activity Packs to all the residents. “We are planting these seeds as an act of remembrance, and look forward to seeing who wins the tallest sunflower competition as they grow”.
Dawson Lodge care home afternoon tea
A special VE Day afternoon tea was held in the garden for residents at Dawson Lodge care home in Southampton on Friday to mark the occasion.
Working together at Sunnyfield
The team at Sunnyfield in Ripon have enjoyed working with night staff from North Yorkshire County Council to create activity packs and decorate the Extra Care retirement apartments for residents.
Resources to help you commemorate VE Day from your home
The Royal British Legion planned a range of remote activities to enable people to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May 2020.
The Legion’s website have a host of different resources that you could use, as well as further information on how to get involved www.rbl.org.uk/veday75.
The National Memorial Arboretum have a special online exhibition, learning materials for all ages and even a VE Day 75th Anniversary tour, all available on their website.
Royal British Legion Schedule for 8 May 2020
- 11.00-11.02 - Two Minute Silence
- 11.15-12.00 - The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
- 20.00-21.10 - VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
- 21.00 - ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong - Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website
The Royal British Legion help the nation mark VE Day from home
The Royal British Legion is central to a range of remote commemorative activity for VE Day. Find out about the Two Minute Silence and UK-wide singalong that took place on 8 May.Visit the The Royal British Legion website
Free activity pack from the National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum has a selection of materials available on their website for people to download including a VE Day activity pack for adults.Visit the National Memorial Arboretum website