VE Day 75 Programme

Find out what is going on 8 May 2020 in celebration of VE Day.

VE Day 75 Programme

Find out what is going on 8 May 2020 in celebration of VE Day.

What is happening on the day?

On VE Day 75, Friday 8 May 2020, an official programme of national events, collective moments of commemoration and celebration, and personal tributes will be taking place all from the safety of people’s homes - via social media, television and radio.

You will be able to follow the day's events on social media using the tags @VEDay75official and #veday75 #nationstoast.  We hope you can share your own videos and pictures of your VE Day 75 - let us show the world the pride we have in the success of our greatest generation!


VE Day 75 Full Day Programme

All day - Stay at Home Street Parties.

11am - A moment of remembrance.

3pm - The Nation’s Toast.

3pm - Churchill’s Speech and address from the Prime Minister

6pm - Katherine Jenkins LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall.

9pm - Queen’s Speech.

9:15pm - We’ll Meet Again singalong.

You can download a copy of the programme to print out here.

VE Day Programme Details


Stay at Home VE Day Street party - All day!

Giant street parties were the order of the day for many communities celebrating VE Day in 1945.  Whilst in 2020, Covid 19 restrictions around social distancing and gathering mean that we cannot recreate such large-scale scenes, with a little imagination and the help of SSAFA’s community fundraising team you can bring the VE Day street party spirit into your own home.  

Celebrate VE Day with your household by holding a 1945-themed party perhaps with a classic British street party spread: sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls and sponge cakes. It is a great opportunity to make this lockdown bank holiday feel a little different, and a little special.

If you need inspiration the BBC have a great selection of Street Party recipes, which you can find here, or you could revisit SSAFA's celebrity supporter recipes, which you can find here.

You could also gather with friends and familiy in other households via virtual platforms, such as Zoom, Facetime or Houseparty. 

We have created a fact sheet to help you plan your day, which you can download here.


A moment of Remembrance - 11am

In the morning, the whole nation will be asked to join a two-minute silence to commemorate all those who gave so much for our freedom during the Second World War.


The Nation’s Toast - 3pm

“To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

We hope you can pause your bank holiday fun in the afternoon to join with us to raise a glass, cup or mug in The Nation’s Toast, in a moment of national celebration, remembrance and gratitude, as we honour those who fought, and died, protecting our freedom.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of VE Day 75, is pleased to announce that Dame Joan Collins has agreed to lead the Nation’s Toast at 3pm on the 8th May in honour of the often unsung contribution made by British women in the defeat of the Nazi regime.

A short film of members of the wartime generation who are supported by SSAFA making their own toast to the nation can viewed online here

At 3pm on the 8th May we would like to encourage everyone throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Island and the Isle of Man to stand together and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the ’Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II’ in tribute to the millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

- Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster, VE Day 75.


Churchill’s Speech and address from the Prime Minister - 3pm

The perfect follow up to the Nation's Toast will be Churchill’s famous speech that declared the end of war in Europe.  The speech will be broadcast live on the BBC, just as it was in 1945 and a great tribute to the man who led the nation to victory.  This will immediately be followed by the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a speech on the importance of VE Day, and the gratitude we owe to that greatest of generations.


Katherine Jenkins LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall - 6pm

SSAFA’s sold out VE Day concert that was due to take place on 8 May has been postponed due to Covid 19, but the Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins will still be performing from the Royal Albert Hall with a live concert broadcast being streamed across Youtube.

You can see the concert on Youtube at 6pm on the day, using this link.


Queen’s Speech - 9pm

Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945. This will be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm.


We’ll Meet Again singalong - 9.15pm

Following the Queen’s speech, the nation will be encouraged to open their front doors and join in a national moment of celebration by singing along to Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’.  You can find the words to the song here.