Join us for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May 2020. 

Legion Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Government and Poppyscotland to deliver a series events to celebrate and commemorate this important milestone in our nation’s history.

It is a time for communities from across Scotland to join together in celebration and commemoration, and we want to ensure that those who sacrificed so much during the Second World War take centre stage. 

World War Two veterans, others who contributed to the war effort and their carer are being offered free travel and free accommodation so that they can be part of the National events in Edinburgh on 8th May.

Those wishing to apply to be part of the VE Day 75 events should email [email protected] or telephone 0131 550 1562.

Friday 8th May 2020 has been designated a Bank Holiday and the official events will include a parade through central Edinburgh featuring vintage military vehicles, a large number of motorcycles from Legion Scotland’s Riders Branch, pipe bands, veterans, current personnel from the Armed Forces, horses and youth groups.

There will then be a free open-air concert at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens and there will also be an RAF flypast.

Communities across Scotland will be encouraged to host their own commemorative events, and schools will be provided with learning packs to help pupils understand the significance of VE Day.

The Scottish Government and Legion Scotland are providing more than £50,000 to help fund the programme of events.

Further information around the official VE Day 75 events will be provided shortly but if you have an enquiry or you know of any WW2 veterans who would like to participate please contact Brian Ward on 0131 550 1562 or email [email protected] 

 

Start: 8th May, 2020 at 12:00pm (Parade step off 11:30am)