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How will you be marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day this weekend?

PUBLISHED: 16:47 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 08:29 13 August 2020

A parade and service held in 2015 in Bury St Edmunds for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day. This weekend it will be the 75th anniversary. Picture: ARCHANT

A parade and service held in 2015 in Bury St Edmunds for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day. This weekend it will be the 75th anniversary. Picture: ARCHANT

Are you planning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on Saturday, August 15?

Although VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still fighting in the Far East. VJ Day marked both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War.

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Many special events had been planned this weekend, but mass gatherings cannot now be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Royal British Legion is determined to ensure the day is commemorated. People are being asked to take part in a two-minute silence at 11am on Saturday.

A socially-distanced commemorative service at the National Memorial Arboretum, led by the Prince of Wales, will be televised, and there will be poignant ceremonies at war memorials and cenotaphs. You can also download activity packs from the Royal British Legion website, which are designed for all ages.

How are you marking the VJ Day anniversary? Do you have photos of celebrations in Suffolk 75 years ago? Send us an email.


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