NEWBURY will hold a special service at the War Memorial by St Nicholas Church tomorrow (Sat) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.
The town will say a thank you to the members of the Armed Services who were engaged in the war in the Far East, particularly those in Burma and in the Pacific Islands which became the forgotten conflict once the war in Europe ended in June 1945.
When the war in Europe ended, it continued in the Far East. The Japanese surrendered on August 14 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria.
The next day, Wednesday August 15 1945 was celebrated as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.
Newbury will be holding a brief service at the War Memorial, Bartholomew Street, to mark the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day commencing at 10.45am including a silence at 11am.
The members of the Burma Star association will take pride of place being represented at the service by 93-year-old Frank Hancock, who was in the Royal Air Force in Burma.
Mr Hancock will lay the Burma Star Association Wreath and recite the Kohima Prayer.
Also present will be many relatives of the service men who served in the conflict including David Glover - whose father was chairman of Newbury Branch of the Burma Star Association. He will say a few words about the association and its work.
Newbury Mayor Howard Bairstow will also lay a wreath on behalf of the townspeople alongside the chairman of West Berkshire Council, Peter Argyle.
The Royal British Legion will also lay wreathes in memory of the people of West Berkshire who were engaged in the Far East conflicts - especially the ones who did not return.
Everyone is invited to attend and remember the brave service personnel who were subjected to some of the worst treatment of any servicemen during the whole of the Second World War.
Mr Bairstow, said: “It is hoped that many sections of our community will attend this service at the War Memorial to mark the 70th anniversary of the very end of the Second World War.”