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VE Day 75th Anniversary

FRIDAY 8 MAY, 2020

On Friday 8 May the nation celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE Day when Nazi Germany formally surrendered to the Allied Forces bringing an end to the war in Europe.

The war continued in the Far East for a further three months.  After the terrors and privations of war, the street parties and celebrations of the victory in Europe were heartfelt and joyful.  In peace-time people could gather again without fear, in their homes, in churches and on the streets.  VE Day ushered in a time of national rebuilding and of hope.

Normally we would be marking this significant anniversary with celebratory anniversary gatherings of our own.  As we inch forward through this current crisis, with the hope of a gradual end to lock-down, we know that large public gatherings are still some way off.

So the cathedral will be offering a special VE Day act of worship for you on Friday through the Cathedral website, available by clicking this link: A Service for VE Day.

Although we are not able to gather together in person, I do hope that this worship will unite us spiritually and give each one of us a sense of being with others on this significant anniversary.

Please see below for what is available to you this weekend.

The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle,
Dean of Winchester


At the Cathedral and Online

As well as a special service for the day, the Cathedral will be publishing reflections and prayers and Evening Prayer will be available later in the day. Once published, all will be available throughout the weekend.

Events around the region

In addition to the Cathedral’s own offering, Hampshire Council council have a video and other material which may be of interest. Again, once published, all will be available throughout the weekend.