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VJ Day 75th Anniversary to be marked in Northampton

Published: Friday, 14 August 2020

VJ Day 75 to be commemorated at All Saints' Church on behalf of Northamptonshire.

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Brian Sergeant, along with the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and Father Oliver Coss, Rector of All Saints’ Church, will mark the commemoration of VJ Day 75 on behalf of Northamptonshire, tomorrow morning, (Saturday) at 11:00am, with a wreath laying and two minutes silence at the Cenotaph War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance to the rear of All Saints’ Church.

This ceremony will be broadcast on the Mayor of Northampton’s Facebook page and on the Borough Council’s YouTube channel from 11am, and will include speeches, a prayer of remembrance and a performance from the All Saints’ Church Choir.

The Mayor, Councillor Sargeant, said: “Many civic events are of course cancelled this year, but it is important to acknowledge the service and the sacrifice of war veterans who fought in the Far East to end the Second World War.”

“We also pause on this day, to remember that there are many military personnel still out on the front line, in spite of the pandemic.”

While VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the Second World War in Europe in May 1945, thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945, which ended the Second World War globally.

Anyone wishing to attend the wreath laying is reminded to socially distance.

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