Join us and celebrate VE Day online
Gravesham will be hanging out the flags and bunting and sharing people’s memories of VE Day for Friday’s commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.
While Gravesend town centre will be decorated to mark the anniversary, numerous events and memories will be shared by Gravesham Borough Council and Visit Gravesend via social media.
The council’s social media will feature an address by the Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Gurdip Ram Bungar, links to the day’s major events including the Royal British Legion live stream and The Queen’s address, and clips from the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
Meanwhile, Visit Gravesend will feature pictures and memories of VE Day in Gravesend.
Cllr John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “Like communities throughout the country, we had to shelve the plans we had to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we were determined not to let such an important day pass unmarked.
“VE Day marked the end of years of suffering, deprivation and fear during the second world war – a day when hope triumphed over despair and light shone out of the darkness.
“We are in the midst of our own dark days, but Friday should reassure us all that sometime soon these days will pass and we will be able to socialise and celebrate together.
“For those who have to make an essential journey into town, we hope the celebratory decorations will help lift the spirits. And we trust those marking the anniversary safely by staying at home will enjoy the VE Day content we have put together for you.”
You can follow Gravesham Borough Council on Twitter via @Graveshambc, and on Facebook via @GraveshamBoroughCouncil.
Follow Visit Gravesend on Twitter via @visit_gravesend.