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VE Day 75

On the 8th May 2020 we mark 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day. On 8th May 1945, after six hard years of conflict, the Second World War came to an end across Europe with the surrender of Germany.

Up and down the country people came together to celebrate this moment with street parties, parades, and dancing across towns and villages. For many the moment was tinged with sadness, remembering lost loved ones, and the sacrifice of others to bring the war to an end.

This was not the end of the war for many with service personnel and civilians still Prisoners of War, and VJ (Victory in Japan) Day not happening until 15 August 1945 when Japan surrendered. Many aspects of wartime life continued after VE Day with rationing of some food and supplies continuing until 1954.

In this online display you can explore how people of Suffolk celebrated VE Day in 1945, and share your own family stories of this moment in our history. Click the Next links at the bottom of each page to move through the display.

Compilation of film from IWM Archives, showing thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, local celebrations at King’s Langley in Hertfordshire and victory celebration scenes in Trafalgar Square. Courtesy of Imperial War Museums War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network.

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