SALISBURY: 'Petals for Peace' to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

SALISBURY: 'Petals for Peace' to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

Published at 11:30am 12th March 2020. (Updated at 11:33am 12th March 2020)

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One local charity is teaming up with St Thomas's Church for a very special floral exhibition.

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.

To mark that homeless charity Alabaré is getting creative with a community project called 'Petals for Peace'.

It's described as a "community celebration of flowers and personal messages of thanks to those who have given so much to ensure our peace and freedom."

Petals for Peace
Simple paper flowers will be created with space to write messages of peace.


Schools, churches, community groups and individuals are being urged to make individual flowers out of paper using a template, within the flowers will be a space to write messages of "peace, thanks and celebration."

The 'Petals for Peace' will be displayed in St Thomas's Church in Salisbury from the 8-10th May.

It's hoped other organisations will create their own display too.

Groups or organisations are urged to contact Alabaré via email at or call on 01722 322882 to request a resource pack with all the information needed including flower templates.

Resources for individuals "will be available soon."

Alabaré patron, General The Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL said;

"The 75th anniversary of VE Day marks an important moment as we commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe. We feel that it is necessary to mark this momentous occasion with a celebration that not only reflects on those who sacrificed so much then but also helps to support Veterans in need now." 

St Thomas's church
The paper flowers will be displayed in St Thomas's from the 8th-10th May.


All donations received from Petals for Peace will help fund Alabaré's Homes for Veterans, the charity's homes and specialist support for ex-Forces personnel who are homeless or living in crisis.

"By supporting Petals for Peace, you will be helping those who have given so much, regain their health, independence and build themselves a new future."

To find out more about this community celebration and how you can get involved, visit


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