Today we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day.
VJ Day marks the surrender of Japan and the end of Second World War. It is a fitting time for us all to pause and say thank you to all those who fought in the Fourteenth Army and were often referred to as The Forgotten Army.
At 11:00 a.m. the two minutes silence will be observed led from The Memorial Arboretum.
Let us take that time to remember those who served and their families.
For those of you who want to know more about what the background to VJ reproduced below is an extract from the official website:
‘Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.
The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities around the world, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.
Veterans of the Far East campaign will be at the heart of the commemorations as the nation thanks them for their service and sacrifice.
Events will also pay tribute to the tens of thousands of service personnel from across the UK and the Commonwealth who fought and died in the war against Japan, including all those who were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese.’
To find out more about events on VJ day click the links below: