10 Activities to Celebrate VE Day in Lockdown

10 Activities to Celebrate VE Day in Lockdown

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Due to Covid-19, the usual celebrations have been cancelled for this year. Still, we can adapt activities to celebrate the Allied troops, and remember what this victory cost them.
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Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) took place on May 8, 1945. It was the day on which allied forces announced the surrender of Germany in Europe. In 2020, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this day.

Due to Covid-19, the usual celebrations have been cancelled for this year. Still, we can adapt activities to celebrate the Allied troops, and remember what this victory cost them.

For many elders, especially those living in care homes, it is a bittersweet date. Wartime reminiscing can often bring on lots of tears. Concentrate on music, memorabilia, craft and food.

  1. Decorate the facility with red, white and blue tassels, the Union Jack, the flag of the US, and other country flags.

  2. Make posters of the celebrities - the Pinup girls - who entertained the Allied troops and tape them around; Bette Grable, Martha Raye, Terry Moore, Rita Hayworth, and more.

  3. Play background of wartime music all day long.
    The Songs & Music of World War II (YouTube) - 2:30 hours

  4. Have a minute of silence in the hallway.

  5. Follow the minute of silence with a rendition of We’ll Meet Again, or White Cliffs of Dover (lyrics provided).

  6. Follow the singalong with a glass of champagne or shandy and a toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

  7. Disband with Wish me Luck song (lyrics provided). 

  8. Ask your Chef to dig up his retro cookery book and present a decadent, delicious lunch!

  9. Facilitate relevant TV programs for those that will enjoy it; Queen Elizabeth’s address to the commonwealth nations and other related programs and documentaries.

  10. Distribute a War Songs Word Search sheet to those who are interested.
    Wartime Songs Word Search

We’ll Meet Again (Sing-Along)

Composed by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where 
Don’t know where
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So won’t you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I singing this song

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where 
Don’t know where
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Til the blue skies
Drive the dark…

The White Cliffs of Dover (Sing-Along)

Composed by Walter Kent

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see

There’ll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
Tomorrow, when the world ifs free

The shepherd will tends his sheep
I know the valley’s gonna bloom again
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again

We, there’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see

Which Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye (Sing-Along)

Composed by Phil Park

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
Cheerio, here I go on my way
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
Not a tear, but a cheer, make it gay
Give me a smile I can keep all the while
In my heart, while I’m way
‘Till we meet once again, you and I
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
Cheerio, here I go on my way
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
Not a tear, but a cheer, make it gay
Give me a smile I can keep all the while
In my heart, while I’m way
‘Till we meet once again, you and I
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye

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