Ancre Somme Association




VE DAY 75th Anniversary

Service of Celebration & Commemoration



VE Day was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it. It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries.


Millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, relieved that the intense strain of total war was finally over. In towns and cities across the world, people marked the victory with street parties, dancing and singing.


But it was not the end of the conflict, nor was it an end to the impact the war had on people. The war against Japan did not end until August 1945, and the political, social and economic repercussions of the Second World War were felt long after Germany and Japan surrendered.


During this service we will remember those who lost their lives or returned home dreadfully wounded. We will also pay tribute to the millions who put their lives on hold at home to keep the nation fed, and the factories, mines and hospitals working, many of them not knowing if their loved ones would return home safely.


The service shall take place in Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre on Sunday 10th May 2020 at 3pm and will be officiated by Reverend William Orr.


Tickets for this event are free and are now available from Eventbrite.