A tribute from us here, in these three beautiful villages, was sent last month to all those who served during the Second World War in the Pacific. The British Legion put these tributes into a special VJ Day Book of Remembrance. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August the book was on display at the National Memorial Arboretum, in the Far East Prisoners of war Memorial building. This memorial commemorates the 55,000 FEPOWs from the Second World War and houses an exhibition telling their stories. The book is now on display at Haig House in London headquarters of the Royal British Legion.
In Four Elms Church on the 16th August, we commemorated VJ Day from Pearl Harbour to VJ Day 1941-1945, the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Pacific. After the Japanese surrendered, a two-day holiday was announced in Britain, America and Australia and the 15th August was declared Victory in Japan day. The Life magazine reported that they began celebrating ‘as if joy had been rationed and saved up for the three years, eight months and seven days since 7th December 1941.’
Historic buildings all over London were floodlit and as they had done on VE Day, people crowded into the streets of every town and city shouting, singing, dancing, lighting bonfires and letting off fireworks.
The Commemoration VJ Service was a quiet affair but those who attended were moved by the sharing of many personal memories of that time.
‘And we that are left grow old with the years, remembering the heartache, the pain and the tears. Hoping and praying that never again humanity will sink to such sorrow and shame. The price that was paid we will always remember; every day, every month. We will remember them.’ (Poppy Press)
We will remember them!