Town gets ready for VJ-Day salute

SEVEN decades after Japan offered their surrender in World War Two, Woking will pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.

Although the war in Europe ended in early May 1945, it raged on in the Far East for three more months, finishing on August 15.

WELCOME NEWS – people around the world celebrate VJ-Day in August 1945

WELCOME NEWS – people around the world celebrate VJ-Day in August 1945

Seventy years on, and veterans, serving military personnel and members of the public will join Mayor Derek McCrum in silent tribute at the Woking War Memorial (right) in Jubilee Square this weekend (August 15).

At 11am on Saturday – VJ-Day (Victory over Japan Day) – there will be a one-minute silence to remember the fallen, which will start and end with the sounding of a traditional maroon salute.

Encouraging people to support this act of remembrance, Mayor McCrum said: “We must not forget that our freedom came at a price; a price paid for with the lives of hundreds of brave men and women.

“Our only debt is to remember them, and honour them. So whether standing shoulder to shoulder with your comrades in Jubilee Square, at home or at work, I hope you will fall silent at 11am to reflect on, and give thanks for their sacrifice.

“We must also acknowledge in our thoughts, our serving personnel, who continue to defend our freedom and fight for the liberty of others.”

Local councillors and Woking Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Ray Morgan, will also be in attendance for the tribute.

FOR more information about VJ-Day and the official 70th anniversary celebrations, simply go online to britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/VJ-day.

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