Would you like to join The Royal British Legion as they cover the VE Day 75 on Friday?
From the Legion….
As people are no longer able to attend national and regional VE Day 75 commemorations or events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity for people to participate in from home. This includes a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving and a learning pack for young people.
The Legion is inviting all its members to join together in encouraging people of all generations and communities to take part in the activities on 8th May and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. As society faces some of the most challenging times since of the Second World War, it is now more important than ever to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
Royal British Legion Schedule
1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence
1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
2100 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong
Two Minute Silence
The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.
The Royal British Legion Livestream
Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their experiences.
VE Day 75: The People’s CelebrationBBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
Designed for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.
There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what the world is going through today, and looking to the Second World War generation, their resilience and determination, helps inspire today’s generation in these difficult times.
Royal British Legion Headquarters Membership Communications Officer
A successful service of remembrance was conducted yesterday at the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip on the 11th of November 2018 at 11am, on hundred years after the end of WW I.
The attendance of our residents is a testimony to the strength and diversity of the local community.
The service was made unique by being led by our local vicar Fr Eric, readers of prayers and poems across the age range from ‘Stars at Knight’ drama students to our library service, the Bourne Choir with their rendition of the National Anthem in both English and Polish and the Last Post and Reveille played by our Hillingdon Music Service. We would also like to thank the Hillingdon Events for preparing the Polish War Memorial for the service and the GAA club for hosting refreshments.
SRRA Vice Chair Sid Jackson was today honoured to carry the RAF Centenary baton, heading for Horse Guards Parade tomorrow from RAF Northolt to the Polish War Memorial, where the baton was handed over to the station commander of RAF Northolt.
The baton was made to commemorate 100 years of the RAF. Setting off on April 1st and having travelled to RAF bases around the world, the baton left the last RAF base at Northolt carried by Sid today.
Sid is a veteran of the RAF who has both worked at RAF Northolt and now lives locally in South Ruislip.
Update from Sqn Ldr Tenniswood at RAF Northolt on the Fly Past. Scheduled for 1pm tomorrow!
Now that I have firm finalized information, I thought you would pass on the routes for the RAF 100 flypast which is planned for Tuesday 10 July as 1300.
The flypast will enter London from the east, fly along The Mall, then split up into 9 packets of aircraft which will exit London over Hendon, Heathrow and the South West of London.
In London, the best place to be the entire flypast will be at The Mall, or just behind Buckingham Palace, somewhere like Eaton Square Gardens.
If you want to see the aircraft that will exit over Hillingdon, the best, and only view will be just North of Heathrow; Harlington, Sipson and Harmondsworth areas.
Aircraft from the flypast may be visible along the lower border with Ealing and the M4, and along the eastern edge of Harrow, east of the A5.
Unfortunately the aircraft will not exit over RAF Northolt or its surrounds. This is because unlike the Queen’s Birthday Flypast, which is much smaller and usually flies out over RAF Northolt in order to avoid Heathrow airspace, this flypast, with up to 100 aircraft, will see Heathrow’s airspace closed and cleared; thus nearly all the traffic will travel out over Heathrow and to the south of Heathrow.
We will put out any updates on the RAF Northolt Twitter and Facebook channels. Of course the Flypast, and the parade, will be broadcast on BBC One on the day.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.