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75th VE Day

There is no denying we could do with something to celebrate right now so the 75th commemoration of VE Day is a brilliant opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate positive outcomes after testing times. Below is a sample of activities you could complete at home in recognition of everything our ancestors sacrificed and endured as part of the war effort. Captain Tom Moore (Happy Birthday!!!) is a fine example of the heroism showed by many, both then, and now.

A good starting point for discussion courtesy of the British Legion

A commemoration isn't complete without BUNTING!!!

Make your own bunting using the colours from the GB flag, or incorporate your own designs into it linked to the 75th anniversary or images from the wars of the past and present. Decorate your house or your garden, drape some around your front door or window for others to see. Send pics of your creations to us and we will share them in a gallery. year3@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

Design a commemoration medal

Why not have a go at designing your own medal to commemorate the commitment and effort of everyone connected to the war. The symbols on your medal and ribbon should link to the campaign and be strong symbols of bravery, courage, determination and teamwork - all things the men and women of this time displayed in order to pull together as a nation and support those both at home and abroad.

 

Information about the WW2 War Medal 

The War Medal 1939–1945 was a British decoration awarded to all full time service personnel of the Armed Forces wherever their service during the war.  This included people who worked in positions other than the front lines. All personnel must have completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. If you were in the Merchant Navy, you needed to have served 28 days at sea to be awarded the medal. 

 

The majority of the British campaign awards are circular, usually 36mm in diameter. The WW2 Commemoration medal was made of cupro-nickel, a silver coloured metal. Medals are worn suspended from their own specific ribbons. These were first made of silk but cotton was increasingly used as the nineteenth century developed.  The ribbon on this particular medal was 32mm wide with a narrow red stripe in the centre, a narrow white strip either side, then two blue stripes and broad red stripes at either edge.  This design is to represent the colours of the Union Flag.

 

The reverse shows a lion standing on the body of a double-headed dragon. The dragon’s heads are those of an eagle and a dragon to signify the principal enemies fought against during the war. At the top, just right of centre are the dates ‘1939/1945’ in two lines.

Create a peace display or front door garland

Why not design a poster or a decoration for the front door to show you are grateful for the efforts of those around you and to remind everybody to be kind. Share your creations so we can include them in our gallery.

 

You could even learn how to say 'Peace' and 'Thank you' in as many different languages as possible. Take a video clip of you saying them and email them to year3@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk and we can post them on here so you can teach others.

Share Stories of VE Day

Transport yourself back in time and imagine you were at a VE Day street parade or party.

- What would it have looked, smelled and sounded like?

- How would you have felt?

- What did you do to celebrate?

- Who joined in the celebrations with you? Was anyone missing and why?

- How would you feel knowing the war in Europe had finally ended?

- Why might there have been a feeling of sadness too?

 


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