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Alma Barn Lodge Care Home Commemorates 79th Anniversary of VE Day with Heartfelt Celebration

15 May 2024

On May 8th, 2024, Alma Barn Lodge Care Home transformed its foyer into a bustling street party, adorned in patriotic red, white, and blue, to mark the 79th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. The occasion commemorated the end of World War II in Europe, a momentous event that brought peace after years of devastating conflict.

Residents, staff, and their families gathered to honor the significance of VE Day, with memories of the past and gratitude for the sacrifices made. For many residents, including centenarian Lucy, who served in the ATS during WWII, VE Day evokes vivid memories of joy and relief. Lucy fondly recalls embracing her husband amidst the celebrations, cherishing the promise of a brighter future together.

The day began with reminiscing and reflection, followed by a nostalgic lunch featuring beef stew, bread pudding, and other wartime favorites. Tracy, the assistant chef, skillfully crafted a Victoria sponge cake, utilizing rationed ingredients, to sweeten the occasion.

A lively party ensued, accompanied by a singer dressed in 1940s attire, who serenaded attendees with wartime classics such as “Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye” and “We’ll Meet Again.” The atmosphere reverberated with laughter, camaraderie, and heartfelt renditions of cherished melodies.

Volunteer Kathy, whose mother Audrey is a resident at the home, added to the authenticity of the event by donning 1940s attire. Sally from Masquerade Costume Hire generously contributed period costumes, enhancing the immersive experience for all.

Reflecting on the significance of VE Day, Su, the manager, emphasized the importance of honoring the sacrifices made and preserving the memories of those who lived through such historic events. Activity coordinator Stephanie echoed this sentiment, highlighting VE Day as a testament to resilience, unity, and triumph over adversity.

The celebration served not only as a tribute to the past but also as a reminder of the enduring spirit of resilience and community. It was a poignant occasion for residents to share their stories, express gratitude, and ensure that the legacy of bravery and sacrifice lives on for generations to come.