VE Day 75 | Shine a Light

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. To mark this occasion we are asking you to #ShineALight.

Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

Get involved - Shine A Light!

To mark this occasion we are asking you to #ShineALight to mark the 75 years commemorative celebration and share your pictures and videos on social media.

Shine A Light is an audio and visual activity that marks the main historic events of the day in 1945:

  • 11 am: 2 minutes’ silence to remember the sacrifices made between 1939 and 1945.

  • 3 pm: Churchill's speech - Royal Navy warships and support vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary at home and deployed around the world will blast their horns for a minute to celebrate victory

  • 9.30 pm: The King's speech - naval ships will redirect their searchlights skywards for five minutes. With your phone, torch, or anything that emits light, take to the night sky and shine your light! 

The 75th anniversary will provide our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage, and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.

Countdown to Victory

Between now and VE Day on May 8, follow the countdown to victory stories of those final days in the Battle of the Atlantic.