Commemorating VJ Day

Mayor Roderick McCulloch lays a wreath at the War Memorial

Above: Town Mayor, Cllr McCulloch lays a wreath at the VJ Day service. Photo by Ben Brotherton.

The sacrifices of those who served in the Far East during World War Two were remembered at a VJ Day service at the War Memorial on 15th August. 

Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East. It wasn’t until Japan’s surrender in August 1945 (VJ Day) that World War II ended in its entirety.

A veteran salutes the war memorialWhilst COVID-19 restrictions meant that the service in Chesham had to be smaller than originally intended, it was very heartfelt. Town Mayor, Cllr Roderick McCulloch laid a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of Chesham Town Council. 

Cllr McCulloch said, "I was privileged to represent the Town at the service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. It was an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of all who served in our armed forces during the Second World War, including our forgotten army in the Far East.

I was particularly pleased that the Far Eastern Prisoners of War were represented and a wreath laid on their behalf.

Special thanks to the Royal British Legion for organising the service and to the Reverend Tim Yates for delivering the address despite torrential rain."

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