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15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War.

Join us as we remember and recognise all those who served and sacrificed in the Far East and ultimately brought an end to the Second World War.

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved 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.

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Help us remember the forgotten history of those who served in the Far East

Share your story or message of thanks on our interactive map and help us ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten.

Explore the map

Help us remember the forgotten history of those who served in the Far East

Share your story or message of thanks on our interactive map and help us ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten.

Explore the map

Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India.

Britain and the Commonwealth’s principal fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history - over 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented. The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.

This year we remembered the contribution of all Commonwealth and Allied Forces, without whom victory and the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today would not have been possible.

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Through our programme of activity, the Legion highlighted the forgotten history of those who fought in the conflict and the atrocious and harrowing conditions in which they served and were held prisoner.

You can join us by marking VJ Day in a number of ways:

  • Share your story or message of thanks on our interactive map and help us ensure the contribution of those who served in the Far East is not forgotten.
  • Watch the socially-distanced commemorations at the NMA on BBC iPlayer. The commemorations will pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the thousands of Armed Forces personnel, civilians and family members who contributed to victory in the Far East, and recognise the horrors they endured.
  • Download and use our activity packs, developed by the National Memorial Arboretum in partnership with the Legion. Designed for all ages, the packs provide an overview of the Second World War in the Asia-Pacific theatre and shine a spotlight on the incredible people who served in challenging conditions, fighting against the fearsome Japanese Imperial Army. 

Find out more about VJ Day

 

Overseas tours for VJ Day 75

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Royal British Legion has taken the difficult decision not to continue with plans for our overseas tours to commemorate VJ Day. 

We recognise that this decision will be deeply disappointing, it has been taken based on expert advice to protect the health of those who would have been travelling on the tours.

VJ Day commemorations at the NMA

On 15 August, The Royal British Legion held a commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Visit our website for further information. 

 

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