VJ Day 75

Discover the untold stories of VJ Day

On Saturday 15 August we remember the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) and the end of the Second World War.

We remember and recognise all those who served and sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the war.

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

Victory over Japan came at a heavy price, and VJ Day on 15 August marks the day Japan surrendered which in effect ended the Second World War.

As with VE Day in May, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we are not commemorating VJ Day as we would usually do, so the Royal British Legion is once again playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity for everyone to join in with.

Things you can get involved with from home

  • An Act of Remembrance at 11am from The National Memorial Arboretum  will be broadcast on BBC One and will include veteran testimonies and music from military musicians as well as wreath-laying activities at several of the relevant memorials and artefacts linked to the World War Two campaign in the Far-East.
  • A Cry for Peace around the World’ at 11:05am by South Derbyshire’s Town crier Karen Bailey.
  • Visit the VJ Day website and discover lots of ways to join in at home from making bunting and posters to joining Dan Snow's VJ Day challenge
  • Click here for a list of events to tune in to and get involved with in the countdown to VJ Day on 15 August and join in from home.

Two Minute Silence

At 11am, we are encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation.

There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

Royal British Legion Resources

Help us remember the history of those who served in the Far East. Visit the Royal British Legion website and read about the Fourteenth Army, the principal fighting force of Britain and the Commonwealth in the Asia-Pacific war.

The Fourteenth Army was one of the most diverse in history - over 40 languages were spoken, with all the world’s major religions represented. The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.

Share your story or message of thanks on the Royal British Legion Interactive map and help us ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten.

Cry for peace around the world

See a cry for peace around the world from South Derbyshire's Town Crier, Karen Bailey:

Cry for peace on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, 15 August 2020

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