WHAT IS VJ DAY?
As we wrote about in issue 737, the two atomic bombs dropped by US planes on Japan on 6 and 9 August eventually forced Japan to surrender on 15 August 1945.
Every year since then, remembrance ceremonies have taken place to pay respect to all those who died in the fighting, as well as the many civilians who paid the price for decisions made by leaders of other countries.
This year, there’s a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire tomorrow (Saturday 15 August), with a two-minute silence at 11am.
One of Britain’s recent heroes, Captain Sir Tom Moore, served with the 14th Army in Burma in World War Two. “For me, VJ Day will always be the most special of days, remembering all those who served in such challenging conditions in the Far East,” he says. “It was VJ Day when the pain of war could finally start to fall away, as peace was declared on all fronts. I respectfully ask Britain to stop whatever it is doing and take some time to remember. We must all take the time to stop, think and be thankful that were it not for the ultimate sacrifices made all those years ago by such a brave band of men and women, we would not be enjoying the freedoms we have today, even in these current difficult times.”