Havant Borough Council to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day in live-streamed event

Wednesday, 12 August, 2020

Havant Borough Council is commemorating Victory over Japan Day on Saturday 15 August with a live-streamed service at St Faith’s Church in Havant.

VJ Day marks the day Japan surrendered and fighting stopped in the Far East, ultimately ending the Second World War. This year is the 75th anniversary of the event.

It will be attended by the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Prad Bains, and representatives from the Havant branch of the Royal British Legion.

There will be readings by Alan Mak MP and former Mayor, Cllr Diana Patrick.

Due to social distancing rules, the public can attend by watching the live stream from 9:55am on St Faith’s Facebook page.

Then, following distancing regulations, a short public ceremony will be held at the war memorial at 11am, followed by the ringing of the Havant bells.

Mayor of Havant, Cllr Prad Bains, said: “Whilst VE day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, thousands of British and Commonwealth personnel were still fighting in the Far East.

“Many that fought in the South East Asia and Pacific commands considered themselves as the ‘forgotten army’. VJ Day not only marks the end of the Second World War but highlights their sacrifice and tells their story.

“On Saturday we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ day and I look forward to you joining us in commemorating the event by attending the socially distanced public ceremony or by watching the live stream.”