The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August 2020 commemorating the end of the Second World War.
Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Jane Mudd, said, “Although there will be no official event to mark this moment in our nation’s history, the council remembers 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.
“We would like to encourage people in Newport to take a moment on Saturday 15 August to remember and give thanks to those who fought in the Far East during the second world war.”
The council’s armed forces champion, Councillor Mark Spencer added, “We should remember VJ Day as we do VE day in remembering those who sacrificed their lives and those who survived these dreadful times, please take a moment of your time to remember them.”
While VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.
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