VJ Day 75

10th August 2020

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is calling on the public to help mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 15th August.

The Second World War ended on 15th August with Victory Over Japan, the surrender of Japanese forces. Commemoration events will pay tribute to the tens of thousands of service personnel from across the UK and the Commonwealth who fought and died in the war against Japan, including all those who were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese.

On Saturday, The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will lead the UK in a national moment of remembrance and thanksgiving for all those who served in the Far East. His Royal Highness will lead a two minute silence at 11am at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as part of a special televised service.

Mr Dunne, who is a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner and former Defence Minister, said:

“Victory over Japan marked the end of the terrible conflict of the Second World War, and was achieved in no small part thanks to the incredible service of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the Far East.

As a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, I am proud to highlight Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.

I hope people in South Shropshire will mark this special event on Saturday, to recognise and remember the sacrifice of all those who fought to defend our freedoms 75 years ago.”

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