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75th anniversary of VJ Day to be commemorated in Worthing

Released: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

VJ Day 75th anniversary logo (small) copyright IWM - https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing will join veterans at the Town Hall War Memorial this Saturday (15th August 2020) at a small private event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

The event, which is being led by the Worthing Veteran's Association, will begin at 10:50am to observe a two minutes silence at 11am. This will be followed by a reading of the 'Cry for Peace Around the World' by the Town Cryer, Bob Smytherman.

VJ Day marks the day Japan surrendered on 15th August 1945, and the end of World War Two. Events taking place around the UK, which are being led by members of the Royal Family, will pay tribute to the tens of thousands of service personnel who fought in the war against Japan.

In Worthing, VJ Day will also be marked by the Armed Forces' Flags being flown at the Town Hall from Friday 14th until Monday 17th August. The anniversary event has been organised to comply with the government's social distancing guidelines.

Cllr Lionel Harman, the Mayor of Worthing, said:

“This year is a significant anniversary marking the end of World War Two and an important date to remember and commemorate those who fought and those who sacrificed their lives during the Far East campaign.

“Unfortunately due to the COVID pandemic we are unable to mark the date in the way it deserves but our tributes will be paid respectfully nonetheless.”

Please note: Members of the public are urged not to attend this private event to ensure public safety.

Photo: The war memorial outside Worthing Town Hall

PR20-095 - The war memorial outside Worthing Town Hall

VJ Day 75th anniversary logo (large) copyright IWM - https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/

VJ Day logo © Copyright IWM - see the VJ Day toolkit page on the GOV.UK website

(PR20-095)

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