August 15, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War in 1945. The nation is being asked to remember the dead and wounded and the impact that leaving, missing and returning home has on service men and women and their loved ones even to this day.
August 15, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War in 1945.
The nation is being asked to remember the dead and wounded and the impact that leaving, missing and returning home has on service men and women and their loved ones even to this day.
A spokesman for the Royal British Legion said: “The commemorations for VJ Day will be the central part of the national remembrance and will bring home the scale of the service and sacrifice made by the entire Second World War generation.
“Whilst the war against Japan was truly Tri-Service, it is worthy of note that the 14th Army in particular was notable for being the most diverse fighting force raised in modern times with less than 20 per cent of those fighting originating in the British Isles.
“The co-ordinated effort of servicemen and women from over 40 countries including Australia, New Zealand, India and what is now Pakistan, and South Africa, was led with distinction by General Bill Slim, later to be Field Marshal and known by his troops as “Uncle Bill”.
“The final act of Japan’s surrender in the name of Emperor Hirohito took place on September 2 on board the US Ship Missouri, the allied nations being represented by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Isolated pockets of Japanese soldiers on remote Pacific islands continued to resist, the final ones surrendering in 1974.”
Representatives of the Cheadle Branch of the Royal British Legion and friends will gather privately at the War Memorial in Tean Road Recreation Ground, Cheadle at 11am on Saturday (August 15) for an informal Act of Remembrance for VJ Day.
John Alcock, a member of the Cheadle Branch RBL said: “Owing to the restrictions on public gathering caused by the Covid-19 pandemic it is not possible officially to march or parade.
“Other well-wishers are free to make their own marks of remembrance.”
Meanwhile, in Draycott-in-the-Moors, St Margaret’s Church’s is set to be involved with the internationally organised ‘Ringing out for Peace’ in recognition of the VJ Day +75 years celebrations.
Event organiser John Clarke said: “Originally Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council and St Margaret’s Church were celebrating with many activities around VE Day +75 years. We had even got a Pipe Major from the Black Watch.
“Unfortunately the Covid-19 restrictions stopped that happening, so we provisionally carried it over to VJ Day August 15, but as the restrictions are still in force we are restricted to just the bell-ringing.”
Though the whole bell-ringing team cannot be present, a lone bell-ringer can be – so John has volunteered to be that lone ringer, and he will ring one of the bells 75 times, as a solemn tribute.
He will be ringing one of the main tenor bells, both of which date back nearly 400 years. The ring will start at 11am on Saturday (August 15).
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