September 27th, 2016

VJ Memorial service to be held in Bromsgrove tomorrow

VJ Memorial service to be held in Bromsgrove tomorrow VJ Memorial service to be held in Bromsgrove tomorrow
Updated: 3:38 pm, Aug 11, 2016

A SHORT service and prayers will be held in Bromsgrove tomorrow (Saturday) to mark the 71st anniversary of VJ Day.

Residents, representatives from the armed forces community and visitors from further afield will meet at 10.30am with proceedings beginning at 11am.

Bromsgrove’s Burma Memorial at Crown Close is the biggest one in the country to that particular conflict and people have travelled from all over the UK in previous years to commemorate the occasion.

But after Bromsgrove’s Burma Star Association folded earlier this year, it was feared there would be no service in 2016.

VJ Day marks victory in Japan and the service tomorrow will remember those prisoners of war who never returned from Burma, along with those who made it back through some traumatic times.

It has been organised after a meeting between Rev Ray Khan, the vicar of St John’s Church and Patrick Smith, the chairman of the Bromsgrove Royal British Legion.

As well as prayers, tomorrow’s commemoration will feature the Last Post, Exhortation and Reveille, along with a two-minute silence.

Everyone is welcome.

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