Victory in Europe and Victory over Japan
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory Over Japan (VJ) which brought the close of World War II. The end of hostilities brought peace after five years of war and with peace came relief and hope for the future.
From Herefordshire 1,300 people had lost their lives and to remember their loss and the sacrifice and service of others, a number of local events, reflecting the national programme, are being organised.
Victory in Europe (VE) Day takes place on Friday 8 May 2020.
Planned county events are now cancelled due to the coronavirus.
This has been a difficult decision to take, due to the importance of this commemoration. However, we believe that it is important and appropriate to support our community following government guidance in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.
Armed Forces Day
Herefordshire will hold the annual flag raising on Monday 22 June and during the week there will be a number of events leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.
Victory Over Japan (VJ) Day is on Saturday 15 August and there will be a county service on Sunday 16 August at 3.30pm at Hereford Cathedral. Leading up to that communities and groups are encouraged to hold street parties on 15 August and local church services to reflect on VJ, and the final peace across the world in services on the morning of Sunday 16 August. There will also be a number of other events organised in the week leading up to 15 August.
Events and street parties
You can find all the events on the events page and if you are a local parish or town council or local community group hosting an event please add it to the events page so others can see and join in. When creating an event for VE and VJ at the end of the description please use #VEDay75 #hfdsww2 to increase the viewing availability for others.
If you are planning to hold a street party you will need to apply for a street closure six weeks before the party but there is no charge for the closure.