The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan)
To be recognised on 15 August 2020 commemorating the end of the Second World War.
In order to commemorate this significant event in these challenging times when social distancing is so important, Cossall Parish Council has erected this floral display on the green at the junction of Coronation Road and Church Lane for all passersby to enjoy and to reflect on those that fought, were taken prisoner and those that gave their lives in WWll.
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. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.
Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history – more than 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.
The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities around the world, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific.