Hampshire remembers VJ Day despite restrictions
WHILE many public VJ Day commemorative events were curtailed due Covid restrictions on gatherings a numbers of services did take place to recognise the sacrifices made by the Forgottenen Army who continued to fight months after victory in Europe was achieved.
A commemorative service took place at the Royal Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common. Wreaths were laid in honour of those who lost their lives in the Far East and the Burma Star medal was also placed at the foot of the memorial.
The medal was awarded to British and Commonwealth personnel who fought Japan and its allies on Burmese soil. A moving two minutes silence also took place.
Representing the Royal Navy was Vice Admiral John McAnally, president of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) and Captain Bill Oliphant, General Secretary of the RNA along with Shipmate Alan Hudspeth from the Ganges Association – a group for naval veterans.
The service was also attended by Commonwealth military representatives. A statement from the Royal Navy said: ‘Visitors from Australia were impressed by the dignity of the event and proud to join in the salute to those who gave their lives afloat and ashore in the Far East.’
The RNA Portsmouth branch committee also observed a two minute silence outside The Rose in June on Milton Road. Hampshire County Council’s Music Service also put together a musical online tribute to recognise 75 years since the end of World War Two.