In her song We’ll Meet Again, Dame Vera Lynn sings ‘keep smiling through just like you always do, ‘till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.’ And as we kicked off our VE Day celebrations at Goldendale House
on Friday 8th May, that is advice we all decided to live by as we commemorated and remembered the Second World War generation and Victory in Europe.
With 2020 marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we always knew we wanted to do something memorable and celebrate in the company of our residents. Of course, we could never have anticipated the events that would unfold this year. However, while the lockdown meant we couldn’t throw open our doors to friends and family as we had planned, we were determined to mark the occasion in Lovett Care style from start to finish.
Our wonderful team pulled out all the stops to ensure residents had a wonderful time. From delicious afternoon tea with plenty of cake to an emotional singalong, our fantastic community came together to mark VE day with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts.
A VE Day We’ll Never Forget
From start to finish, celebrations at Goldendale House were filled with smiles, laughter and memories. We started off our day with an emotional rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic song We’ll Meet Again, before enjoying a spot of afternoon tea and cake.
As the sun shone down on us, we took some time to sit together and share happy memories. As you can see from the pictures, many of our residents showed their patriotism through a spot of flag waving and a medley of other war time songs to keep our spirits high.
We also encouraged our virtual community on social media to get involved by asking them to decorate their homes and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea too! Throughout the day we shared some wonderful pictures, and we were thrilled to see the different ways people were getting involved in their own homes.
Remembering A Generation
The whole team here at Goldendale House are incredibly thankful for the sacrifices and struggles endured by the Second World War generation. And our celebrations here were made all the more poignant by the current situation. From the soldiers who gave their lives to the families in Great Britain who went through so much, we want to pay homage to everyone who shaped our great nation and allowed us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Thank you so much to everyone who got involved on Facebook, and throughout the country, in celebrating VE Day 2020 alongside us. As the song says, we will meet again - and hopefully soon enough. Until then, please stay safe, and if you would like to keep up with the latest goings on here at Goldendale House, please do follow us on Facebook