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VE Day in Oxford

Many organisations have put a lot of effort into preparing for this day and have made their resources available online.

The National Army Museum have a number of great activities for children:

A Scavenger Hunt to see if you have the equipment needed to join the army

A party planner (and bunting) for a 3 p.m. celebration

If you want to find out more about their activities throughout the day, you can see them here.

Some timings for the day:

11 a.m. 2 minute silence

3 p.m. Nation's Toast to heroes of WW2

9 p.m. Queen's Speech from Windsor Castle

If you are looking for a place to go for a walk in Oxford to learn more about the story, there are at least three memorials: Rose Hill (on the corner of Church Cowley Road and Henley Avenue), Botley Cemetery and one at St Giles in the centre of town. This list will help you find something near you.

There are lots of questions you can ask while you are there to find out more of the story they tell. For instance: why does the one at St Giles have two crests on it? What the other five symbols on it? Why is it eight sided? What is the story told by the cross on the memorial?

I hope you enjoy your day off and the opportunity to reflect on this significant part of human history.

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