The 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the Allied Victory I Europe falls next week – and it's set to be a decidedly muted affair.
While plans for celebrations to mark the momentous day were due to dominate next weekend, it's all had to be scaled back as the coronavirus lockdown continues – but there are still ways that people in the UK can honour the memory of those who fought.
So just when is VE Day 2020 – and is it a bank holiday?
Here's what you need to know…
When is VE Day in the UK?
VE Day falls on 8 May in the UK , which this year is a Friday.
The day marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide on 30 April that year, during the Battle of Berlin.
His successor, Karl Donitz, authorised Germany's surrender, which was signed in France, then Germany.
A crowd of 50,000 celebrated the momentous event in Piccadilly Circus, waving flags.
The day was also declared to be a national holiday ,with dancing and singing in the street – while Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the nation at 3pm that day that the war was over.
Is VE Day a bank holiday?
The day is not normally a bank holiday, but this year it is.
The traditional May Day Bank Holiday, which normally falls on the first Monday in May, has this year been moved to next Friday, 8 May, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Plans for the day had included a procession down the Mall, and St James's Park in London being turned into Victory Park to give people an idea of what life was like during World War II – while pubs were set to stay open later and people encouraged to throw street parties.
However, much of this has had to be put on hold in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – although celebrations will still take place, with the Queen addressing the nation, as well as a public singalong of Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again being planned.
Meanwhile the Royal British Legion Industries has launched its 'Tommy in the Window' campaign – encouraging people to place a specially designed figure of a World War II solider in their window in memory of those who gave their lives in the conflict.
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