12 Feb 2015
Westminster Abbey will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with a Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday 10th May 2015 at 11.00am.
Victory in Europe Day was the public holiday that marked the formal end of the Second World War in Europe. Short services of thanksgiving were held every hour in the Abbey from 9.00am to 10.00pm attended overall by 25,000 people. A service was also held the following Sunday, 13th May, when the standards of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were laid on the High Altar to symbolise the loyalty of the whole Empire during the war.
Services were held in Westminster Abbey to mark the 40th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 1985, the 50th anniversary of the end of the War (VE & VJ) on 20th August 1995 and the 60th anniversary of the end of the War (VE & VJ) on 10th July 2005.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: 'The service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day will be an opportunity to give thanks for all those who sacrificed so much in the cause of peace, to celebrate our nation's historic alliances and our reconciliation with former enemies and to pray for lasting peace and prosperity throughout Europe.'
Attendance at the Abbey service on Sunday 10th May will be by invitation.