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Service of remembrance as city marks VJ Day

War veterans, civic dignitaries and members of the public will come together to commemorate Victory over Japan Day next Thursday (15 August, 2013).

The Royal British Legion and the Burma Star Association's Wolverhampton Branch are holding their annual service of remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Wolverhampton from 11.30am to mark the 68th anniversary of VJ Day - the day the Japanese Army surrendered to Allied forces, effectively marking the end of the Second World War.

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal said: "That we are here today as free men and women is a testament to those who served, suffered and died for freedom during those dreadful years of conflict in the Far East.

"V-J Day affords us the opportunity to remember the courage and bravery shown by many thousands of servicemen, some of whom were never to return, and to show our immense gratitude for all they did."

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."

Next week's service will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.

  • released: Wednesday 7 August, 2013