This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and 75 years since communities came together on VE Day and VJ Day to celebrate peace, mourn those that were lost, thank those that fought and look forward to the future with hope. We will remember the members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy from many countries who gave their lives or returned home injured in body and mind. The hard-working women and men who operated the factories, mines, shipyards and farms including the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. The ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, fireman, local defence volunteers and others who toiled day and night selflessly on the home front during difficult, frightening and uncertain times.
To mark this historic occasion Telford & Wrekin Council is launching a grant opportunity to support local communities to come together to hold their own events and celebrations on or around VE Day and/or VJ Day. Remembering the enormous sacrifices made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate, as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe and subsequently in Japan.
VE day is celebrated on 8 May and marks the end of war in Europe whilst VJ Day on 15 August marks the end of war in Japan and the effective end of World War II.
Last updated: 10.37am on Thursday 16 January 2020