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16 August 2020 10:31

World War II Victory over Japan Day Chindit Memorial

VJ Day commemorations: Prince William addresses nation in televised tribute to veterans

A political row has been sparked after Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross missed a VJ Day service to work as a linesman at a football match. VJ Day was marked with a number of commemorative events to honour those who served during the conflict which ended 75 years ago after Japan surrendered to the Allied forces in 1945. Tomorrow's Sunday Mail front page leads on Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross snubbing a VJ Day service to work as a linesman at a football match.#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/J5TBQX21j0 — Sunday Mail (@Sunday_Mail) August 15, 2020 An SNP source also told the Sunday Mail: "Douglas Ross's decision to dodge the VJ Day service in his local community is an insult to the memories of all those men who laid down their lives for the freedoms he enjoys today. The Red Arrows marked VJ Day with a flight display across much of the country with a number of other events also paying tribute to those who served. Horsham District Council's Chairman Cllr Karen Burgess led a simple wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Horsham's Carfax on the morning of the VJ Day 75th anniversary on Saturday 15 August 2020.

On this day 75 years ago Japan surrendered and in effect ended the Second World War. Veterans shared their memories of the Second World War as the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to those who fought in the Far East on VJ Day. The 75th anniversary of VJ Day – victory over Imperial Japan which signalled the very end of the Second World War – was commemorated with a series of events on Saturday. In a speech on BBC One's VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute, William spoke of how his great-grandfather King George VI addressed the nation on August 15 1945, as "the most catastrophic conflict in mankind's history came to an end". In his speech on Saturday, William said: "It is hard for us to imagine what Victory over Japan Day must have felt like at the time; a mix of happiness, jubilation and sheer relief, together with a deep sadness and overwhelming sense of loss for those who would never return home." Earlier on Saturday, a televised remembrance service took place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, where a two-minute silence was led by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at 11am. In a speech dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Allied and Commonwealth personnel who fought and died in the campaign, Charles said: "All too often those who served in the Far East have been labelled The Forgotten Army, in a forgotten war. The Covid-19 pandemic has meant tributes to mark the landmark anniversary have been organised online and on television, including a video published online of the Prince of Wales reading an extract from the diary of his grandfather, King George VI, written on August 15 1945.

In a statement, the Queen said: "Prince Philip and I join many around the world in sending our grateful thanks to the men and women from across the Commonwealth, and Allied nations, who fought so valiantly to secure the freedoms we cherish today." The Red Arrows flew over Glasgow Prestwick Airport, where the aircraft landed to greet three Second World War veterans, and the scheduled flight over Belfast city centre took place at 2pm. In a letter addressed to the veterans of the Far East Campaign, Mr Johnson showed his gratitude to the 50,000 British and Commonwealth service personnel who laid down their lives in the war against Japan, half of whom died in prison camps. "Prince Philip and I join many around the world in sending our grateful thanks to the men and women from across the Commonwealth, and Allied nations, who fought so valiantly to secure the freedoms we cherish today" A message from The Queen on the 75th anniversary of #VJDay pic.twitter.com/VUqt4CmS1T — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) August 15, 2020 In a video message, Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer said: "On behalf of the Labour Party I want to pay tribute to the wartime generation, who through the horrors of conflict showed us the spirit and determination that we need to always remember and always be grateful for. Prince William has addressed the nation in a televised tribute to honour veterans on VJ Day, 75 years after his great grandfather gave a speech marking the end of the Second World War. In a pre-recorded speech on BBC One's VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of how King George VI addressed the nation on August 15, 1945 as "the most catastrophic conflict in mankind's history came to an end". In his speech aired on Saturday evening, William said: "As he marked the moment the world had long prayed for, King George expressed his pride in the international effort from across the Commonwealth and allied nations which secured success in the Asia-Pacific region." On Saturday morning, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led a two-minute silence during a televised remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

In a speech dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Allied and Commonwealth personnel who fought and died in the campaign, Charles said: "All too often those who served in the Far East have been labelled 'the Forgotten Army', in a forgotten war. A Welsh Royal Air Force veteran has spoken about being the last living member of his squadron as he joined the rest of the nation in commemorating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. On August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces which effectively brought the Second World War to an end. At the National War Memorial in Cardiff, a wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute silence took place attended by civic dignitaries, including the First Minister Mark Drakeford. Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart MP said: "Today we pay tribute to veterans like Ray for the outstanding service they have given as we commemorate 75 years since VJ Day. We mark this anniversary in Wales in a year where many members of the UK's Armed Forces have played a crucial role in keeping us safe through their ongoing work to support the NHS and Welsh Ambulance Service through the coronavirus pandemic.