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Offline Robert Bonner

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65th Anniversary of VJ Day
« on: August 10, 2010, 02:53:29 PM »

On Sunday 15 August the MOD will officially mark the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan, VJ Day, with a national service of commemoration at the Cenotaph, London.

The service will commence at 3pm, and will last for approximately half an hour. Representatives from the Royal Family, Government and the three military Services are expected to attend, along with veterans of the campaign from across the country, and WWII organisations.

Members of the public are welcome to view the service from the north side of the Cenotaph  and there will be an opportunity at the end to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.

The Japanese surrendered to the Allied Forces on 14 August 1945, and the next day, Wednesday 15 August, was celebrated as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day. Japan formally surrendered on 2 September 1945 at a ceremony in Tokyo Bay on USS Missouri. 

Celebrations happened across the UK, and thousands braved the rain to watch King George VI and the Queen drive down the Mall in an open carriage. The Royal Family greeted cheering crowds from the Palace balcony, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret mingled with the crowds outside later that day.

This service of commemoration will celebrate the achievements of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Allies in their victory in the Far East, but will also pay tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during six long years of conflict.

Robert


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Re: 65th Anniversary of VJ Day
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 07:29:48 PM »
Thank you Robert for posting this information.  It is with a great deal of regret as my Farther was a Japanese POW that I cannot attend this or the Remembrance event organised by NESA in Liverpool that day due to prior committments.  For anyone interested in attending the Liverpool event please see  http://www.nesa.org.uk/page29.htm

Cliff
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