Posted on June 10, 2019
The May 2020 bank holiday is being moved to enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced.
The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front.
It will also mark the Allies’ victory in 1945.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “VE Day marked an historic moment in not only our nation’s, but the world’s history and it is important that we commemorate this great occasion on its 75th anniversary. Honouring those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.
“Moving next year’s early May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation,” he added.
VE Day was first celebrated on 8 May 1945 when Allied Forces formally accepted Germany’s surrender.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “As we’ve seen over the past week with the D-Day commemorations, the British people truly appreciate the sacrifice made by those who fought for our freedom throughout the Second World War.
“Moving next year’s Bank Holiday will give us the opportunity to come together to remember and honour those who gave so much to secure our freedom and liberty,” she added.
Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said that acknowledging 75 years since VE Day with a commemorative bank holiday is “absolutely fitting”.
“It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations – this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world,” he said.