Service as city marks 70 years since end of Second World War

Remembrance Sunday pics 2014 025Wolverhampton will come together next month to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – an event which effectively marked the end of the Second World War.

Veterans, civic dignitaries and members of the public will be among those taking part in a service of remembrance being held at the Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square on Friday 14 August, 2015.

It will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day – the day in 1945 that the Japanese Army surrendered to Allied forces. In doing so, it brought an end to a conflict which claimed the lives of an estimated 60 million people around the world.

The Central Branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, the Wolverhampton and District United Ex-Service Council and the Burma Star Association’s Wolverhampton Branch will hold the annual service at the Cenotaph from 11.30am.

It will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.

Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Barry Findlay will be among those in attendance. He said: “Commemorating VJ Day gives us the opportunity to remember the courage and bravery shown in the Far East by many thousands of British servicemen, some of whom were sadly never to return.

“2015 is a particularly important anniversary as it will mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War. As the number of veterans who are still with us sadly diminishes, it is very important that we show our immense gratitude for the sacrifices they made for our freedom.”

Lyndon Purnell, chair of the Central Branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, added: “I’d like to invite everyone to join us and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served in the Far East during the Second World War.

 

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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