VE Day 2020
May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but this year the holiday will be taken on Friday 8 May 2020. This is to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.
A prayer for VE Day
From the Act of Commitment for Peace
Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind,
in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.
The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity for your household to be part of a virtual get together, to help honour heroes past and present
Many of us would have been commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th . Families and friends would have been gathering for street parties and celebrations around the UK, which unfortunately is no longer possible.
However, even in the current lockdown we can still come together to recognise this date through our ‘Big Picnic for Hope’.
The Big Picnic for Hope also allows us to celebrate the heroes of our new ‘homefront’. Those risking their lives, the NHS, carers, delivery personnel, workers across food stores or public transport, and the remarkable collective effort of the nation to stay home and play our own individual part in helping to see this through.