This weekend the nation will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day – or VJ Day.
VJ Day - 15 August 1945 - was the moment that the Allies, that is Britain, the US and other countries that were fighting together, marked victory over Japan and the end of World War Two.
While many associate the end of the
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) with the Trafalgar Square celebrations of VE Day 1945, many thousands of men continued to fight in the brutal conflict in the Far East for months longer.
It wasn’t until 15 August 1945 when Japan surrendered, bringing an end to years of fighting and many deaths.
Due to the coronavirus, many events that would have been held have been cancelled; however, there are still lots of ways to get involved and join in the commemoration programme.
Tributes will be held across the country and there are plans for a Red Arrows fly past over the UK. Later, a remembrance service, VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute, led by the Duke of Cambridge will be held at Horse Guards Parade and broadcast on BBC One at 8.30 pm.
Area Manager Damien West said:
Although the current situation has called a halt to some events, this weekend gives us all an opportunity to get involved and reflect on our recent history as we mark VJ Day.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has a proud association with the armed forces, and was recently named Gold Award winner for our work since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014.
We recognise the invaluable commitment that our armed forces, regular and reserve, including their families and veterans, have given to our country, and we are proud to support them in any way we can.
Maj (Retd) Thelma Ward, an Armed Forces Covenant volunteer who works closely with NFRS, added:
My father fought in Burma and this would have been a significant date for him.
Sadly, most of the events of this weekend will take place virtually or behind closed doors, but we can still come together in spirit to mark this important occasion.