Annual VJ Day service to take place at Bromsgrove's Burma Star Memorial - The Bromsgrove Standard

Annual VJ Day service to take place at Bromsgrove's Burma Star Memorial

A SPECIAL service, featuring a wreath-laying and two-minute silence will take place at the Burma Star Memorial, Crown Close, Bromsgrove, to commemorate the anniversary of VJ Day.

The ceremony will begin at 10.45am next Saturday, August 20.

While VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East.

During the Second World War, fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India.

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.

This ceremony 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.

VJ Day, or Victory over Japan Day, marks in effect the end of the Second World War and is sometimes seen as the forgotten victory.

Those fighting in this conflict were among the last to come home.

A spokesperson for the Bromsgrove Royal British Legion said: “Please come along and join our act of Remembrance.

“Lest we forget.”

The town’s annual service always has added poignancy as Bromsgrove’s Burma Star is the national memorial to that particular conflict.


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