16 August 2020 10:31
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 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.