African Country Reports
The following documents represent some independent research carried out by our children into African nations.
VE DAY LINK
The following text is a contribution made by one of our Yr 6 Boys, keen to share his VE Day Commemoration experiences with you.
VE Day or Victory in Europe Day is the day when Winston Churchill announced that the war against Nazi Germany had been won on the 8th of May 1945.
In 1945 they celebrated by having street parties and lots of people gathering in London at places such as Trafalgar square and at Buckingham palace celebrating through the day and night and lots of fireworks and bonfires were lit to celebrate the day. People have celebrated today 75 years later to remember this day. There were meant to be lots of public celebrations but because of Coronavirus, they were all cancelled, and instead, people decorated the front of their houses and held little house parties. Some people had afternoon tea in their front gardens and baked special cakes.
I celebrated by putting a flag outside our house, taking part in a two-minute silence and having some VE day cakes. I also spoke to my great granddad, Clifford about what he remembers about VE day in 1945 and he told me that it was a very exciting day as the war had been so unpleasant. There had been no sweets and no good food and he had not had a good meal. There had been bombings.
My Granddad Clifford was 16 on VE Day 1945 and had just left school. He had a street party with his mother where the whole street laid out tables and had a big afternoon tea in the street. He has a photograph of this day with himself and his mother. He said he was happy that there was no more bombs but there was little food and no sweets still for months after this day. My granddad told me that even though VE Day was a fantastic day the war was not over yet as we were still at war with the Japanese which lasted until the 15th august 1945. Granddad Clifford was busy at this time first looking after property of King George VI and the church assessing if they were in good order many were not because of damage occurring during the war. He then served in the Army and took prisoners of war back to Germany. I Found out a lot of information on today about VE Day and how life was like in the 1940’s for many people including my Granddad Clifford.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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