VE Day 75 in Weldon

Plans to mark VE Day in Weldon on May 8th have obviously had to be put on hold but there are still ways we can come together.

The RBL are inviting people across all generations and communities to join us in a national moment of reflection and remembrance at 1100hrs on Friday, May 8th as we pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the World. There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

At 9pm – you can join in with the BBC commemorations of VE Day by joining us all to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Weldon branch of the Royal British Legion is encouraging residents to take part in a range of initiatives being coordinated by South East Midlands Royal British Legion, which includes Northamptonshire. For further information about national events see www.britishlegion.org.uk/veday75.

These include:

  • Decorate your window
  • We already know some villagers are planning to remember a loved one on VE Day through putting up a display in their front garden.

In a show of unity, remembrance, respect, commemoration and celebration the South East Midlands British Legion are asking you to turn your window red, white and blue. Take a picture of your window and send it to ktobin@britishlegion.org.uk (Oxon and Northants) and each photograph will be posted to the South East Midlands Royal British Legion Facebook page. Let’s turn Facebook red, white and blue and show that we appreciate and support those who went and never came back and those who went but came back to a different world as different people.

Don’t forget to share your photos with our village Facebook pages.

Memories of VE Day.

There are many in our communities who still have memories of VE Day. We would like them to share these memories – it might be a funny story about being an evacuee, a nurse or the day your dad came home from war.

Along with the snippet, which needs to be kept to a few paragraphs, so it can be put on to a dedicated Facebook page, we would like a picture of the author holding, if possible, a photo take in 1945. These contributions will be posted on to the Facebook page from Friday 1st May to Sunday 10th May.

Once you have written your snippet and have your photographs ready – please send both via email to either STurton@britishlegion.org.uk or KTobin@britishlegion.org.uk. Please clearly state in the email that you give us permission to use you photograph on our Facebook page.

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