Queen leads cer­e­monies in Bri­tain for VJ Day


Queen El­iz­a­beth II led cer­e­monies in the UK on Satur­day mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory over Ja­pan dur­ing World War II.

The monarch and other mem­bers of the royal fam­ily com­mem­o­rated the event at a church ser­vice at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Lon­don, joined by vet­er­ans of the con­flict and for­mer pris­on­ers of war.

Some in the crowd dabbed their eyes dur­ing the solemn cer­e­mony that re­called the pain and the mem­ory of those who had per­ished.

“(We) re­mem­ber, with grat­i­tude, those who gave their lives for the cause which we have be­lieved to be right, and es­pe­cially to re­mem­ber our com­rades who, in prison camps, or in the seas of the Far East, made the supreme sac­ri­fice, and also to re­mem­ber those who have died, since their re­turn, as a re­sult of their suf­fer­ing,” said Sam Wells, the vicar of St. Martin.

Yet the day — so joy­ous 70 years ago — also prom­ises to be one in which the tri­umph of the vic­tors will be cel­e­brated.

Vet­er­ans and in­ternees — many of them now in­firm — will join serv­ing mem­bers of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary for a pa­rade through cen­tral Lon­don to­ward Westminster Abbey on Satur­day. Hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to cheer them on.

Lon­don’s po­lice force has reas- sured par­tic­i­pants af­ter media re­ports that ex­trem­ists in­tend to tar­get the cer­e­monies. Scot­land Yard Cmdr. Dave Musker says po­lice have worked closely with the Min­istry of De­fense and the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion to make sure the cer­e­monies pass peace­fully.


Queen El­iz­a­beth II, of the United King­dom, cen­ter and Philip, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh ar­rive at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, in Lon­don for a ser­vice of com­mem­o­ra­tion mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of VJ Day, Satur­day, Aug. 15.

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