72 years on: VJ Day remembered in Evesham - The Evesham Observer

72 years on: VJ Day remembered in Evesham

Evesham Editorial 15th Aug, 2017 Updated: 16th Aug, 2017   0

THE 72nd anniversary of Victory over Japan Day was marked in Evesham with a poignant service.

Members of the Royal British Legion and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment Association gathered in the gardens of the Almonry Museum this morning to commemorate VJ Day ‘which should never be forgotten.’

On this day 72 years ago the Empire of Japan surrendered in the Second World War which in effect ended the six year war.

At the poignant service, retired Army General Jeremy Fallow of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian gave a speech to reflect on the events which led up to VJ Day to ensure the memories are kept alive.

Those gathered then fell silent for two minutes to remember the events of that day, and to remember the millions of lives lost during the Second World War.

The Last Post was then played by Sue Sollis before the laying of the wreaths.

Chairman of the Evesham branch of the RBL, Alan Booth, said: “VJ Day never seems to get any airing at all.

“We are doing our bit to keep it going. The turnout at the service is getting better each year.

“We must keep VJ Day in the forefront of people’s minds.”

The Mayor of Evesham, Coun Richard Jones, said: “VJ Day is symbolic as it represents the effective end of hostilities in WWII.

“Those who fought or were POWs in the Far East suffered great hardship the likes of which we cannot imagine. And, thanks to their sacrifice, we don’t have to.

“They deserve of our time to pay our respects for their courage and fortitude.”

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