What are your doing for VJ Day 75?
The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August 2020 commemorating the end of the Second World War.
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.
Discover your WW2 history
You can use these online resources to discover your local and family Second World War histories and connections:
To help commemorate VJ Day, Ancestry is opening selected worldwide records and sharing expert advice to help you research the untold stories of the war. Discover more about your family’s history.
VJ Day in your home
- Use the dedicated toolkit for resources and branding for your activity, including social media graphics, posters to print and personalise and fun worksheets for the kids to colour in.
- Submit a couple of sentences, and a photo if you have one, to remember a loved one who fought during the world wars – or just to give thanks for everyone who fought for their country. These will be displayed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s digital Wall of Remembrance.
- The Royal British Legion is asking you to share a story or message of thanks to those who served in the Far East on its interactive map. Explore the RBL’s website showcasing the broad contribution of the Commonwealth.
- The National Army Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have teamed up for a full programme of content for you to enjoy from your own home, including online talks, events and virtual tours.
- Contribute to Historic England’s digital project ‘VE to VJ Day: 75 Places that Witnessed the War”. From ordinary places that sheltered the Blitz-weary, to well-known sites of military might, the collection will feature stories of listed places that harbour wartime histories. The final collection will be revealed on VJ Day.
Merseyside Wing Cadets
We want you to throw your very own VJ Day “street party”. Invite your family and friends (abiding by Covid 19 restrictions) take some photos of your party and tag @merseysidewing on Instagram or Twitter and with #VJDay75
You can also decorate the party with the bunting and pictures from the toolkit below.
Uniform for the occasion as per direction from the Wing Warrant Officer is as follows: Cadets – 2A Long Sleeved Wedgewood Blue shirts and ties, no jersey worn.
Uniformed Staff – Those with No. 1 Uniform may wear them if they wish, otherwise uniform is 2A same as for Cadets.
Also we would ask that pictures of the Cadet/Staff salutes be taken and sent to Wing Media Team via the VJ Day Album which has been set up on the Internal MSW Facebook Group – VJ DAY 75. Please add yourself to the App on Cadet Portal / SMS before the event if you are taking part.