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This year, The Royal British Legion called on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home. 

On Friday 8 May we paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front.

There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what we are going through today. We look to our Second World War generation to learn from their experiences, and we continue our work to protect them from the threat we currently face.

    Marking VE Day from home

    This year, the nation to marked the anniversary of VE Day from home. Communities up and down the country held their own remote activities in honour of our Second World War generation. 

    Children from Suckley School have made their own bunting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

    Children from Suckley School mark VE Day 75 from home

    More about VE Day 75

     

    Whilst VE Day marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East.

    We remember the contribution of all Allied Forces, including forces from across the Commonwealth, without who the liberation of Europe and Japan would not have been possible.

    The Second World War had a profound impact on communities across the UK and the Commonwealth which continued long after the war came to an end. The challenges of leaving, longing for and returning home were experienced by many people at the time and are still faced by Service families today.

    The Royal British Legion will commemorate VJ Day on Saturday 15 August. We are developing our plans in line with the latest Government guidance and will announce our programme in due course.

    All details will be communicated to those who have already registered, and updated on our website and social channels.

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