VE Day 75 will highlight womens' roles during WWII

12/02/2020

Events are being arranged for the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May 2020 to pay tribute to the millions of women who contributed to the war effort during 1939-45.  They played a vital role during the years of conflict, not knowing if or when they would see their loved ones again.

As part of the planned events, four young women will climb the four highest peaks in the UK: Ben Nevis in Scotland,  Mount Snowdon in Wales,  Scafell Pike in England and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.  When each reaches their chosen peak at 3.00pm on the 8th May they will drink a toast to the heroes of WWII on behalf of women around the world.

Town and parish councils throughout the country are being asked to encourage women in their communities to pay a similar personal tribute by raising a glass or another refreshment of their choice and carry out the Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WWII at a location of their preference at 3.00pm on the 8th May. 

This event also provides a unique opportunity for towns and parishes to involve the residents of care homes in their communities.

Over the weekend of 8th-10th May, VE Day 75, will be an international celebration of peace and a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions of people who played such a vital part in achieving it. 

This includes armed forces personnel from many countries who gave their lives or were physically and mentally injured. the women and men who kept the factories, mines, shipyards and farms operating, and the ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, firemen, local defence volunteers and many others who safeguarded the home front.

Link to the VE Day 75 website