08. May 2020 - 9:00
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, BT74 7BA, United Kingdom,
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County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland Celebrates VE Day 75 (Enniskillen 8th-10th May 2020) | Friday, 08. May 2020

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War Two. The 75th anniversary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.

Preparations are underway for a three day programme of festivities to mark VE Day when Enniskillen will have the unique distinction of being the most westerly location in the UK to participate in the VE Day 75, three day international celebration that will take place from 8th to 10th May 2020. It will be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate, as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of Peace in Europe. Friday 8th May 2020 has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday (and School Closure) and it is hoped that communities will join in the VE Day Celebrations.

In Enniskillen the celebration event, over the VE Day weekend (8-10th May 2020) will include church services of thanksgiving, family fun day, beacon lighting, band performances, gun salute and much more. Volunteers from a number of community organisations are working together to create an exciting programme of events, music and activities.

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Friday 8th May 2020
Co. Fermanagh Celebrates VE Day 75

10.00am
As the most westerly location in the UK to celebrate VE Day, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, overlooking the Island town of Enniskillen will be the spectacular historic setting for our celebrations with free entertainment for all the family including outdoor adventure activities (Pathways Outdoor Adventure Team), musical performances, WW2 displays, Back to the 40’s exhibits & vehicles, Armed Forces & Cadets displays and much more... (Continues until 5pm)

2.55pm
Last Post and Reveille played in front of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School. This will also be a poignant tribute to the 456 young men from this school who served during WW2 including 50 who gave their lives for the freedom we all enjoy today.

3.00pm
- The piping of ‘Battles O’er’ and ‘VE Day 75’ by Massed Band
- A Nations Toast to the Heroes of WW2, with our WW2 veterans as special guests and led by Civic Representatives and Lieutenancy for Co. Fermanagh
- 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery will perform a gun salute in front of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, overlooking the Island town of Enniskillen
- The Bells of St. Macartin’s Cathedral will peal, just as they did exactly 75 years ago.

3.30pm
Tree planting ceremony in grounds of school by WW2 Veterans

4.00pm
The Massed Band will perform Beating Retreat at School

6.55pm
School children will lead ‘Cry for Peace’ at St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen

7.00pm
‘Ringing Out For Peace’ – The pealing of Bells at St. Macartin’s Cathedral

7.30pm
Service of Thanksgiving at St. Michael’s Church, Enniskillen

8.30pm
Massed band with over 100 pipers and drummers from throughout Co. Fermanagh will play a selection of music on Church Street as the congregation leave St. Michael’s Church

9.00pm
The Massed Pipes & Drums Band will march to the front entrance of Enniskillen Castle, joining a Massed Silver Band for ‘Beating Retreat’ at Sunset and the playing of ‘Battles O’er’

9.30pm
Enniskillen Castle will be floodlit in red and beacons lit along its walls by local school children. Beams of light will project into the night sky above Enniskillen Castle to symbolically form a ‘V’

Saturday 9th May
Numerous events and parties will take place throughout the County to celebrate VE Day 75

Sunday 10th May
11.00am
Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Macartins Cathedral, Enniskillen with Regimental Parade