Commemorating the 70th anniversary of VJ Day

7 August 2015

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of VJ Day

Commemorations will be held to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan Day on Saturday 15 August 2015 in Central London.

SSAFA CEO David Murray will join The Queen and members of The Royal Family alongside veterans, civilian internees, their descendents and families at a special programme of commemorative events paying tribute to all those who served in the UK Armed Forces in the Far East

The event will begin at 2pm at Horse Guards Parade on 15 August with a flypast of three historic aircraft; a Dakota and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a Royal Navy Swordfish, together with a current RAF Typhoon.

This will be followed by a drumhead service, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a reading of Rudyard Kipling‘s poem ‘The Road to Mandalay’ by actor Charles Dance.

After the event, veterans, civilian internees, their descendants and families along with current personnel will be led by pipes and drums down Whitehall and through Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey – passing the statue of Field Marshal Slim – in a special 70th anniversary parade.

The public is being urged to support this anniversary by lining the street of Whitehall to view the national service on big screens, watch the aircraft flypast, and cheer on the veterans as they parade supported by military bands and current serving personnel. Events are also being held across the country to mark the anniversary of the victory over Japan, which brought about the end of World War Two.