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Veterans invited to attend VJ Day anniversary service in King's Lynn

A service commemorating the 73rd anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day will be held in Lynn’s Tower Gardens on Wednesday, August 15 from 11am.

Organised by the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), the service will be led by an RAF chaplain and will be attended by Second World War veterans along with borough mayor Nick Daubney and a number of senior members of the local community.

War memorial in Tower Gardens, King's Lynn.. (3409671)
War memorial in Tower Gardens, King's Lynn.. (3409671)

VJ Day marks the day after the Japanese surrendered to the Allies after almost six years of war, on Wednesday, August 15, 1945.

While the war in Europe ended in early May 1945, it continued in the Far East.

But on August 15, following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki days before, the Japanese finally surrendered.

The Lynn branch of RAFA has been organising the VJ Day event for the last 15 years since the local branch of the Burma Star Association laid up its standard due to falling membership, with veterans of the campaign in the Far East during the Second World War now all being well into their 90s.

It is hoped that surviving veterans of the campaign will be in attendance, particularly former members of the Burma Star Association and Far East Prisoners of War Association, together with members of the general public.

The service will start at 11am and will be conducted around the Burma Star Memorial, after which all attending are invited to the nearby Royal British Legion Club for refreshments.

Those veterans who are able to attend are requested to wear their medals with pride and to join the gathering afterwards where they can reminisce their wartime experiences in the Far East with those present.

The service in the Tower Gardens is open to all.

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