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Remembering VJ Day on its 75th anniversary

3:33 pm, Tuesday, 11th August 2020 - 3 months ago

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The 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ Day) will be recognised on 15 August, commemorating the end of the Second World War when Japan surrendered in 1945.

While VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still fighting in the Far East.

A short, socially distanced ceremony will take place to mark the occasion on Saturday 15 August at the Remembrance Gate in Cleethorpes.

Deputy Mayor of the Borough, Cllr David Hasthorpe, with dignitaries and veterans will come together for a short speech and a two-minute silence to remember those from all nations involved.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Celebrations may have to look a little different this year, but we will still remember those that fought in the Far East.

“When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory and were among the last to come home. They will be at the heart of the commemorations as the nation thanks them for their service and sacrifice.”

Alex Baxter, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire and MD of the Armed Forces Major Events Team, added: “This year, we remember the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces, without whom, victory and the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today would not have been possible.

“On this anniversary, we wish to remember what we owe the veterans of the Far East campaign. They brought an end to the Second World War, they changed the course of history for the better, liberated South East Asia, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“That’s why on this remarkable anniversary – we will remember them.”

There are many ways people can celebrate VJ Day, either outdoors following social distancing, or virtually.

Share your Second World War stories, family histories and messages of remembrance on social media. Use #VJDay75 to join the conversation.

Print your own buntings or fun worksheets at https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/

For other ideas on what you can do, visit https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/

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