We mustn’t forget VJ Day

Saturday August 15th sees the nation mark the 75th anniversary of VJ, or Victory in Japan, Day. The Royal British Legion is delivering a host of activities to honour the event including a Service of Commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum, a national moment of Remembrance and an interactive VJ Day map on its website, telling the stories of those who lived through the conflict.

And Stockton North Labour MP Alex Cunningham is encouraging everyone to take a little time to remember those in conflict in the Far East.

Often this day is overshadowed by the big celebrations which take place on VE Day so the Legion is hoping to reach as many people as possible to shine a light on the frequently untold stories of the British and Commonwealth Tri-Service Forces who served in atrocious conditions.

On the day, activity will begin with a national Two Minute Silence, at 11am which will be led at the National Memorial Arboretum by Prince Charles. Tribute will be paid to the service and sacrifice of the many thousands of Armed Forces personnel who contributed to victory in the Far East.

The proceedings will be shown on BBC One from 9.30am, Saturday 15th August.

Alex says:

“75 years ago, while celebrations were happening for VE Day, many thousands of service people were still in the Far East fighting the war – including my late father-in-law, Joe Dobson”

“It is also important we acknowledge the contributions of the Commonwealth forces, who came from across the globe – from Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australasia to form one of the most multicultural forces in history.”

“I’ll be taking time on Saturday to remember those who fought in the Far East, who endured unthinkable horrors and are all too often overlooked. I would encourage my constituents to join in, take some time to check out the Legion’s website for the stories of those who lived through the conflict and ensure those who bravely fought are properly recognised.”