Today, May 8th, is the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day 1945. Seventy years ago this day marked the official end of World War Two in Europe, and people in all the nations involved marked the news in different ways: for some it was a victory, for others a defeat, for all a time to remember the dead, wounded, lost and missing. The war against Japanese forces in the Far East continued for another three months.
On this anniversary in 2015 there are public events taking place all over Europe to commemorate the finish of the war in Europe. A BBC story covers these events around the world, in countries such as France, Poland, Russia and Germany. In the UK a weekend of commemoration will include a 2 minute silence to show respect for the dead, and a chain of fire beacons will be lit, with Midlothian being one of the Scottish sites. Many community events will take place, with armed services veterans involved. Education Scotland’s website identifies some resources which schools might use to take part in some way or to learn more.
The BBC iWonder resource “VE Day: How did the British plan to celebrate” provides background history.