Doncaster Council to mark VJ Day

Doncaster Council to mark VJ Day

Doncaster Council to mark VJ Day

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the day when Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945, which ended the Second World War.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of VJ Day and Remembrance Sunday parades have been cancelled and replaced with virtual commemorations.

To mark the occasion, Doncaster Council have created a special online film, which will premiere here tomorrow at 2pm, and via Visit Doncaster’s Youtube channel.

The film is said to include a number of tributes to the armed forces.

Doncaster’s Armed Forces Champion Councillor Paul Wray has provided a voiceover.

The film also features military related footage in honour of everyone who has served our country in the armed forces.

Councillor Paul Wray, Doncaster’s Armed Forces Champion, said:

“With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is still not appropriate to organise a big celebration event for this 75th anniversary of V-J Day, however we have produced a film to show how much we value and respect everyone who has played a vital role in our armed forces and the invaluable contribution they have made to our great country.”

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:

“It is important we continue to pay tribute to the bravery of our war heroes especially during these trying times.

“We can still thank them and ensure their service and sacrifice is honoured and always remembered.

“I encourage people to take a moment on Saturday (15th) at 11am to mark this historic day.”

There will also be a two minute silence at 11am on Saturday, with a single piper playing ‘The Battles O’er’.

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