VE Day will be commemorated across Suffolk this Friday, just not as previously planned, with the government’s instructions requiring people to stay home and stay safe to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The Suffolk Resilience Forum, which includes East Suffolk Council and is comprised of the county’s NHS, emergency services and public sector organisations, is stressing the need for the public to continue abiding by the current restrictions, which include social-distancing, throughout the bank holiday weekend.
While appreciating how difficult the last few weeks have been, compliance with the government’s instructions remains essential if we are to save lives by protecting our families, our communities and the NHS.
Friday marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. It was anticipated street parties would be held across the weekend, but this will not be possible due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
However, there are many other ways to mark the occasion, with a range of resources freely available on www.ve-vjday75.gov.uk. These include bunting and posters to decorate your house and place in your windows, and recipes to follow for an authentic experience.
On behalf of the Suffolk Resilience Forum Chris Bally, said: “This weekend was originally due to be one where communities came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day. Sadly, we can no longer do this in the way we had envisaged before the Covid-19 emergency.
“In 1945 the country saw spontaneous celebrations and parties. In 2020 we will have to find other ways as we all have a responsibility to slow the spread of Covid-19 to help save lives and protect the NHS.
“However, we can still take time to reflect and honour the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make VE Day possible.
“We can mark the day in many other safe ways. I’d encourage people to visit the VE Day website for lots of ideas to involve the whole family.
“Whatever you do to commemorate VE Day, and to enjoy the weekend, please make sure you and your family stay safe.”
Government restrictions are still in place, meaning:
The Suffolk Resilience Forum is focussed on all agencies working together to keep the county safe.
For more information about the resilience forum visit www.suffolkresilience.com