Whilst the Pitstone lunch and the church service at St Mary’s have needed to be cancelled, there are still plenty of ways that you can mark the occasion:
- The silent soldiers will be on display at Pitstone Memorial Hall and outside the Local Green Space between Marsworth Road and The Crescent. The Women’s Institute will be creating a display of knitted poppies around the feet of the soldiers. Why not take a moment of reflection on your daily exercise walk and ‘plant’ your own poppies or crosses at the foot of the soldiers?
- Buckinghamshire Council have a dedicated web page where they would love to hear your memories and have ideas of how you can celebrate at home: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/events/commemorating-veday75-across-buckinghamshire/
- English Heritage have a downloadable party pack which includes lots of ideas that can be adapted for a stay at home party, including lyrics for 1940s songs and 1940s inspired recipes: https://veday75.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/English-Heritage-Party-Pack.pdf
- Royal British Legion website includes details of the 2 minutes silence at 11am, the sing-a-long at 9pm and the BBC coverage: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75
- Bletchley Park are encouraging everyone to have a stay-at-home party with bunting and flags outside the front of your house and having a socially distanced garden party or picnic in your own garden. They have more ideas, recipies,music and downloadable activities at www.bletchleypark.org.uk
- Details of the BBC coverage are available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/75-anniversary-ve-day
- The National Army Museum have a whole virtual VE day festival available including concert, educational materials, webinars, dance lessons etc. Click for further information: https://www.nam.ac.uk/