Led by Elected Mayor Peter Taylor and Chairman Asif Khan, plans are underway in Watford to enable people to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) virtually.

Watford is marking this significant day as part of the town’s Watford Together initiative, which aims to keep the community connected and to help people feel better in these extraordinarily tough times. The anniversary celebrations will give Watford an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people during World War II - an inspiring and never more relevant message.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “In some ways the 75th anniversary of VE Day is made even more poignant by the current crisis. The day has an important message of hope. It reminds us that human beings are remarkable and that we have the ability to overcome even the most trying of circumstances. I think it is really important that we mark this historic anniversary. It is an opportunity to remember all those who died or were injured in World War Two and thank those who gave so much for our freedom.”​

Chairman Asif Khan said: “We are marking the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who brought us victory in 1945. Today, we are seeing that spirit again, exemplified by our keyworkers and volunteers. I thank them for what they have done and are doing, on behalf of our town. We will never forget what they have done for us.”​

Residents will be able to enjoy taking part from the safety of their own home and pay tribute to the many millions who gave their lives. The event will start at 2.50pm and end at 3.10pm. The schedule will include music, readings and the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2. At 3pm residents are encouraged to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and give the toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

For more information about Watford Together, visit www.watfordtogether.co.uk