Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day as it was known, was the public holiday celebrated on the 8th May 1945 to mark the end of WWII in Europe. To commemorate the 50ᵗʰ anniversary of VE Day the British Forces Post Office produced an official commemorative cover, which was issued on 8ᵗʰ May 1995 and sold at the celebrations in London.
To celebrate the 70ᵗʰ anniversary of VE Day, the Forces Philatelic Bureau has over-stamped some covers from the 8ᵗʰ May 1995 issue and produced a unique collectors’ item that covers 20 years of national commemorations for this very significant historical event. It will be released for sale on the 8ᵗʰ May 2015.
The main image shows a Union Jack flag overlaid with a ‘coming home’ scene from the end of WWII. The original stamps were a 19ᵖ “British Troops and French Civilians celebrating” and a 25ᵖ “St Paul’s Cathedral and Searchlights” issued on the 2ⁿᵈ May 1995, both of which have been have been cancelled by the BFPS 1000 special handstamp dated 8 May 1995.
For the 70ᵗʰ anniversary a 1st class “Winston Churchill” stamp has been cancelled by the BFPS 1000 special handstamp dated 8 May 2015.
Included will be an A4 insert sheet with a ‘Chronology of events in 1945’ on one side and a ‘Life on the Home Front’ on the other. The insert and cover will be presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.
This unique collectors’ item costs just £6 for a piece of philatelic history.