Victory in Japan Day service

VJ Day Service
VJ Day Service

The Skegness and District Burma Star Association Branch commemorated the 69th anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ Day) with a service of remembrance held at Skegness Academy.

The service on Friday, August 15, was conducted by the Rev Ian Banks, padre to the branch, with music provided by Skegness Silver Band.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Skegness Coun George Saxon and Julie Saxon were amongst the invited guests.

The war in South East Asia is often referred to as the forgotten war. The service commemorated the official surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945 following the dropping of atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

President Truman officially declared the event VJ Day at a White House press conference.

Mr Banks said: “For most people it was the conflict in Europe that made the headlines and of course this year it is the start of First World War that is making the headlines as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of what was to be one of the costliest conflicts in history.

“We are today still proud of all who fought in South East Asia and each year we gather to remember the sacrifice of those who did not return, to pay tribute to them and persevere in the search for lasting peace.”