Victory in Japan Day

Victory in Japan Day - 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel this year's Victory in Japan Day event.

Despite the lockdown, it is still important to celebrate all that our armed forces community do to keep our nation safe, so this year activities have been moved online.

Message from the Mayor

Uncover the untold stories

15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. Visit the British Legion website as we remember and recognise all those who served and sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the Second World War.

Interactive map

The British Legion are asking the nation to help ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten by sharing a story or message of thanks on this interactive map.

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Moment of Remembrance

The Royal British Legion (RBL) have planned activity on the day which will begin with a national Two Minute Silence at 11am on 15th August which will be the focal point of the commemorative service at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) and will be led by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The commemorations will pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the thousands of Armed Forces personnel, civilians and family members who contributed to victory in the Far East, and in recognition of the horrors they endured.

A small number of veterans and descendants of those who fought in the Far East will attend the service whilst others will be able to follow the proceedings on BBC One from 0930. The RBL has worked in partnership with UK Government and the BBC to stage the socially-distanced commemorations at the NMA and is providing support every step of the way to those veterans who have chosen to attend to ensure that any attendance needs they may have are fully met.

Remembering the forgotten

Many of the men and women who fought in the Far East consider themselves forgotten, compared to those who fought in Europe.

The war in the Far East, also commonly known as ‘the Burma Campaign’, was the longest campaign fought by the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War.

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