15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War.
In 2020 we will be asking the nation to remember the impact that leaving, missing and returning home has on service men and women and their loved ones. The commemorations for VJ Day will be the central part of our national remembrance and will bring home the scale of the service and sacrifice made by the entire Second World War generation. Please decorate your houses. Show those who are left and those who gave their lives during and since the war in Japan that we remember them and say Thank you
Victory over Japan Day
Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended 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 - over 40 languages were spoken, and 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.
This year we remember the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces, without whom victory and the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today would not have been possible.