VE Day in Rye

VE day was the day on which allied forces announced the surrender of Germany in Europe and took place on Tuesday, May 8, 1945. The day before, at 2.41pm on May 7 Germany surrendered which marked the end of Adolf Hitler’s war and triggered worldwide celebrations. In 2020, the bank holiday has been moved from the traditional May Day Monday to Friday 8th May as this is the anniversary of VE Day.

Huge public celebrations were planned but due to the pandemic they had to be scaled back but such an important event did not go unmarked, particularly as 2020 celebrates the 75th anniversary of VE day.

Once again, Rye was leading from the front and behind the scenes preparations were made to celebrate the occasion remotely..

Please follow the link to view Rye’s virtual VE Day Celebration

Credits to Col Kimber for facilitating the event and Lewis Spall from Gutsy who kindly provided the edit for us.

Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the Hope Anchor, Watchbell Street, in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM) – please note that regular meeting have been suspended until further notice.

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  21.05.20