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VJ Day Commemoration in Middlesbrough This Saturday

By Published August 14, 2020

A WREATH will be laid this Saturday (August 15) at Middlesbrough's cenotaph to mark VJ Day and commemorate the end of the Second World War.

At 11am Middlesbrough Council's Armed Forces Champions, Cllr Ron Arundale and Cllr Barrie Cooper, will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph outside Albert Park on Linthorpe Road.

Earlier that day at 6am local bagpipe player Paul Mack will perform at the Cenotaph to mark the occasion.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the occasion will not be a formal event but a simple marking of the occasion.

Cllr Arundale said: "It is regrettable that due to Covid-19 we are unable to mark the day as would be under normal circumstances. We lay a wreath in commemoration of the end of hostilities with Japan but also in memory of those lost in the forgotten war."

Cllr Cooper added: "By remembering our past and how our Armed Forces fought gallantly to preserve our way of life we strive to secure the safety and wellbeing of all nations in future years."

Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged 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 - more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world's major religions represented.

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