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US Branch #25 Member Honours VJ Day

This was submitted to us by one of our members, Comrade Charlie Martin.


Today, pipers around the World stepped out at sunrise to play the retreat march, When the Battle’s Over, to commemorate VJ-Day.

Given my neighbors likely would not appreciate the sentiment, I decided to play, “at the going down of the sun” instead.

In addition to When the Battle’s Over, I thought the slow march, Heroes of Kohima would be appropriate. Kohima was a pivotal WWII battle on the boarder of India and Burma where the British/Indian forces halted the westward movement of the Japanese Empire into India. The battle took place between 4 April and 22 June, 1944.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

CWGC Newsletter

One of the few benefits of this year is the fact that so many of the normal activities that we would be unable to travel to attend have shifted to an online format.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

Between 1941 and 1945, the British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. Whilst VE Day, 8 May 1945, marked the end of the Second World War for many in Europe, thousands of British Commonwealth service personnel remained engaged in bitter conflict in the Far East. From the jungles of Burma to the remote islands of the Pacific, they fought a tenacious enemy across challenging terrain.
To mark 75 years since Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, 15 August 1945, we’re teaming up with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum and The National Army Museum to bring you a series of free online talks and events exploring the contributions of the British Commonwealth forces and their allies during the Second World War’s Far East campaign.

Click below to find out more.

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Our #VJDay75 events

Highlights of our #VJDay75 programme include a debate on the legacy of the campaign with historians from across the four organisations, stories from veterans who took part in the campaign and live talks with historians James Holland, Robert Lyman, Yasmin Khan and Julie Summers.

Click here to register your interest

The Rising Sun

In the first of a three-part series of multimedia articles, we take a look back at the earlier days of the Second World War when Commonwealth service personnel first encountered Japanese forces. We explore the history and highlight the stories of many of those who died, who we now commemorate across Asia.

#ShareYourTribute

Do you have a relative who fought in the Far East campaign during the Second World War? Leave a lasting tribute to them on our digital Wall of Remembrance.

Click here to leave your Tribute

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It’s here – The VJ Day Special Edition Tommy

A note from the Royal British Legion Industries Village (formerly the There But Not There organization).


Commemorate the 75th Anniversary year of VJ Day. Check out our VJ Day Special Edition Tommy collection.

We are very proud of this VJ Day Special Edition Tommy, we have been working very hard with historian and author Neil Storey, sourcing archive images to put together for this commemorative collection. Over the coming days we will also have activity packs, street party baking boxes available and we are looking for VJ Day street party organisers too (social distancing of course). Plus a free living history video series available.

We have lots of VJ Day products including a 28 page booklet, VJ Day engraved Tommy, badges, stickers, posters and lots more.

Support veterans of today by remembering the sacrifices of the past.

THE FULL VJ DAY TOMMY COLLECTION
WHAT IS VJ DAY

Victory over Japan Day (also known as V-J Day, Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day) is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end.

The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – aswell as to September 2, 1945, when the surrender document was signed, officially ending World War II.

THE HISTORY OF VJ DAY
LIVING HISTORY WITH
HISTORIAN NEIL STOREY
Historian and Author Neil Storey has very kindly put together some short videos for RBLI to share with you. They highlight some of the challenges our forgotten army faced, like the lack of drinking water in the Jungle and dealing with leeches. Neil shows us some of the solutions and techniques our soldiers use to overcome these challenges.

WATCH THE VIDEOS
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