Monday, August 15, 2022

Today is Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day

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Today is Victory in the Pacific Day, the day in which we commemorate the end of World War II and give our thanks to WW II veterans.

On 15 August 1945, Japan announced its surrender to the Allies, bringing the Second World War to an end. 

After six years of war and over 45,000 killed in service or as prisoners of war, Australians rejoiced. They celebrated with church services, gala concerts, and parades. Over 200,000 Australians serving overseas began to return home, as well as thousands who had been prisoners of war, reuniting families.

General Sir Thomas Blamey represented Australia at the ceremony while a dozen Royal Australian Navy ships were among those gathered in the bay.

Lest we forget.

Acknowledgement: Photograph is from Australian War Museum