Service of commemoration in Corby to mark 70 years since VJ Day

A service of commemoration is being held at St John's Church in Corby

A service of commemoration is being held at St John's Church in Corby

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Residents are invited to join representatives from Corby Council and the Royal British Legion as they mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day this weekend.

This Saturday is 70 years since the end of World War Two and a service is being held at St John’s Church in Church Walk, Corby, from 11am.

Lest we forget

Cllr Peter McEwan

The service will be led by the Revd Paul Frost and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Following the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945, the following day was declared VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.

Japan’s surrender followed the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It brought World War Two to an end after six years of fighting, which saw millions die, both military and civilian.

The mayor of Corby, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “VJ Day was a day of great celebration for our country, it was a time where everyone came together and took a short break from the austerity and rationing that was part of their normal day life, to rejoice in the official end of the Second World War in Europe.

“On this day, we will remember the many casualties of the war, whose homes were destroyed and loved ones were lost, we remember and thank those who fought for our country, who bravely gave their service and sacrifice.

“Lest we forget.”