It's Fantastic Friday
I sat with my other pond dragon today, He Mrs T is finding a book to read to you, my
was guarding our tadpoles who have all vote is on this one!!
huddled together in the shallow water
where it's warmer! They love the warmth
of the sun and are growing lots! No legs
What is VE Day? This marks the day that the Second World War ended in Europe. It happened when Germany (sometimes known as the Nazis) surrendered. It was not the end of the war completely though as it continued in the Pacific against Japan. The war officially ended there in September when their surrender was signed.
It marked the end of 6 years of war. It included countries from around the world and fighting took place on nearly every continent.
How can we mark it?
The most important part is to remember it and think about all of the people that fought, died and contributed at home in the war effort. They made enormous sacrifices. There are some ideas of how we can do that
A friend of mine sent me this picture of her as a baby celebrating VE day at a street party
This is an accurate account of VE Day through the eyes of children at the time.
I had a couple of uncles who were killed in the war so there were sad memories because they never came back – I never saw them again. Uncle Tommy was married to Auntie Doris. When he came back on leave, he demonstrated how they fixed bayonets onto the rifle and he charge and put it through the door (the family smiled when they reminded each other of this story). The family missed him because he wasn’t there. There were celebrations about the war ending tinged (a small amount of something) with a certain sadness.
I remember my mother made some bunting as she was a dressmaker and was good with a sewing machine. They were red, blue and white. Rectangles of paper sewn onto a string. She did lots of them. I think she collected material and held on to it and kept it for all sorts of reasons. We found loads when she died.
There was dancing going on in the street but I didn’t understand it as I was a little lad. Some sort of music was playing but it wasn’t in our street. I didn’t understand fully why they were doing it (age 9). It was a radio playing on the street from one of the houses. The street was two rows of houses facing each other and people were dancing in the middle of it. I don’t remember a party or food as such.
Watch this video from the BBC all about World War II and Victory in Europe Day
Horrible Histories wrote a song to celebrate VE Day
Why not hold your own tea party at home
to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day?
Here are some traditional recipes from that time that you may want to cook!
Make some wartime drinks!
Gingerbear or lemonade!
Make your own Spitfire flying aeroplane