As VE Day is commemorated this Saturday, May 8th 2021, here are the important facts to share with your kids. History made easy!

This year marks the 76th anniversary of Victory in Europe. Annually, May 8th is heralded as the day Great Britain and its allies triumphed over Nazi Germany.

While our homes may still be closed for family and friends, there are different ways we can mark the occasion and celebrate the anniversary. 

Here are some important facts about VE Day if you need some inspiration and ideas on how to homeschool your kids over the weekend.

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What is VE Day?

VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, is the day when the Allied Forces won over Germany. 

On May 8th, 1945 at 15:00, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Germany had finally surrendered and the fighting across Europe had finished. 

VE Day: Facts for kids 

Here are some important facts for children to learn about VE Day: 

  • VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, marks the defeat over Germany by the Allied Forces during World War II. Part of the Allied Forces were Britain, France, Russia, and the US.
  • VE Day doesn’t mark the end of WW2 – the end is considered to be on September 2nd, 1945 after the defeat of Japan.
  • VJ Day stands for Victory over Japan Day which was on August 15th, 1945 after Japan got defeated.
  • In 2020, as in 1995, the early May Bank Holiday was moved to 8th May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE Day.
  • In 1945, millions of people in the UK took to the streets for parties. Even the Royals joined in with the public celebrations.

VE Day: Activities for kids 

If you're after more activities for your kids on VE Day, don't you worry, we've gathered more ideas for you to try out this weekend!

For instance, BBC Bitesise offers useful and illustrated guides on important facts about WW2. There's also a quiz from the BBC to test the whole family's knowledge.

And if you've become a star baker during the past year's lockdown, you can make these Union Jack cookies with your children or friends. 

Plus, you can learn how to make your own bunting at home with our tutorial here.