This year, the Early May Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
It is only the second time that the Early May Bank Holiday has ever been moved, the first time being in 1995 when it was moved to mark the 50th Anniversary of VE Day.
VE Day marks the day when fighting against Nazi Germany stopped in Europe towards the end of World War II.
British Secretary Greg Clark said, ‘It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation”.
Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity commented, "It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations - this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again. It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world”.