The 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since the guns fell silent and the Second World War in Europe came to an end.  Legion Scotland, in partnership with Poppyscotland and the Scottish Government, had extensive plans in place to mark the important milestone with a series of spectacular events in Edinburgh. 

More than 100 Second World War veterans were set to take centre stage as the Nation paused to remember the generation that sacrificed so much. Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic had forced us to postpone these events.  Nevertheless, we are committed to bringing he country together and ensuring that VE Day 75 is still appropriately marked across the country, despite the lockdown restrictions.

A virtual service of remembrance will be broadcast live from the Legion Scotland Facebook page on Friday 8th May.  The service will be conducted by Legion Scotland Padre Rev Dr Karen Campbell and will include a two minute silence at 1100.  The service will then be immediately followed by an hour-long VE Day virtual tribute concert.  The programme will include performances, reading and messages from a host of celebrities and performers.

We are then encouraging Legion members and the wider public to hold their own virtual VE Day party sometime later in the day.  Our partners Poppyscotland have put together a series of resources to help you get started, including games and activities, recipe ideas and even a WW2 music and dance playlist. It is hoped that thousands of people will connect with family and friends by popular video chat apps such as FaceTime, Zoom or Houseparty to mark this important milestone. We also encourage you to host your virtual VE Day party in aid of Poppyscotland and help them raise the vital funds they need to support the Armed Forces community in Scotland, at a time when it is needed more than ever.  For more information click here.

Poppyscotland’s extensive digital learning resource is an excellent way for you to engage young people in VE Day.  Produced in collaboration with Legion Scotland and the Scottish Government, the comprehensive VE Day learning packs that were issued to every school in Scotland just before the lockdown commenced have since been adapted.  Initially developed for use in the classroom these resources have become a popular part of home schooling for many young people.  You can find out more about these by clicking here.

Finally, we want to hear about your plans for marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Please share your stories, pictures and video either via our Facebook page or by email to [email protected]

Please continue to observe Scottish Government guidelines.  Stay at home and when you do have to leave for essential trips, please observe social distancing and remember the importance of hand hygiene.