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75th VE Day Anniversary Her Majesty's Lieutenancy of East lothian

On Friday 8th May the Nation will mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe which marks and remembers the end of the Second world War in Europe

Given the current global pandemic crisis we face due to Covid-19 many of the planned celebrations and acts of remembrance planned across East Lothian for the weekend of 8th - 10th May have been cancelled or changed to reflect the need to keep the nation safe.

However, commemorating this historic event from home or the work place is still encouraged as best as we can. It can be a time for everyone in East Lothian to remember the immeasurable sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to celebrate 75 years of victory and peace in Europe

Friday 8th May 2020

11am - Two Minutes Silence

The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, and pause for a Two Minute Silence.

2.55pm -The Last Post

Buglers across the nation have agreed to still play the Last Post at 2.55pm from the safety of their gardens, windows and front doors.

If you have a bugle or trumpet and can play the "The Last Post", then why not support your fellow musicians across the nation and join this historic occasion from home.

3pm - The Nations Toast

Raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice to the following toast:

"For those that gave so much, we thank you".

3pm - The Thousand Plus Pipers

The thousand plus Pipers undertaking Battle’s O’er and VE 75 years at the original time of 3pm, from the safety of their homes.

This is in remembrance of our Nations Armed Forces, Merchant Navy and those who kept the "home fires burning"

6:55pm Crying Out For Peace

Town Criers who will be ‘Crying out for Peace,’ at 6.55pm. This will all happen from the safety of their homes to ensure we are still remembering the members of our Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy and those millions of others that had to stay at home to keep the “home fires burning" during those extremely difficult times.

9pm - Her Majesty, The Queen

The Queen will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a televised address to the nation.

The monarch's pre-recorded address will be broadcast on the BBC at 21:00 - the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago.

For more information on the history of VE Day what is happening to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, follow the links below.

For more information on the history of VE Day what is happening to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, click on the links below.

Programmes marking the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Thursday 7th May

Dame Vera Lynn: We’ll Meet Again, BBC One, 7:30pm

Friday 8th May

VE Day: The Nation Remembers, BBC One, 11am

VE Day 75: The Announcement of Victory, BBC One, 2:45pm

Scotland’s VE Day, BBC Two, 3:45pm

VE Day: Countdown to Peace, Yesterday Channel, 5pm

The One Show, BBC One, 7pm

VE Day: The Lost Films, Channel 5, 7pm

Captain Tom’s War, ITV, 8pm

VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One, 8pm

VE Day: Remembering Victory, BBC One, 9.10pm

Saturday 9th May

VE Day in Colour: Britain’s Biggest Party, C4, 7pm

Sunday 10th May

Antiques Roadshow VE Day special, BBC One, 7:15pm

Everyone in East Lothian can have the opportunity to commemorate this historic anniversary and remember those who gave for us.