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Remembrance service to be held for 68th anniversary of VJ Day

Posted on - 13th August, 2013 - 7:41pm | Author - | Posted in - History, News

The war memorial in the cemetery will be the focus for the service

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A service to commemorate the 68th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) will take place in Preston.

War veterans will gather in Preston Cemetery at the War Memorial to pay their respects.

The service on Thursday 15 August takes place at 10.30am.

Colonel Bernard Stam, President of the Preston and District Veterans COuncil, said they were looking for any survivors of the conflict.

He said: “To be honest, we just don’t know for certain if there are any Far East War survivors left in the Preston area.

“If there are, they will be in their late 80’s or 90’s. We hold this ceremony so that their sacrifice and suffering is not forgotten. If there are any survivors still living locally, we would dearly love to know who they are so that we can give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

“This is the only event in Preston which marks both the end of the war in Japan and the final end of World War 2. It will be an opportunity to pay tribute to those who suffered and remember those who died.

“Many men from the local area served, suffered and too often died in the Far East in what was one of the very toughest theatres of the Second World War,  yet it is perhaps sometimes rather forgotten about here at home.

“We have opened it up to the public as a way of commemorating VJ Day and the end of World War 2.

“We will have a short, simple ceremony taking about 15 minutes. People should come along to remember, especially relatives and friends of those who fought and died in the Far East.”

The service will include a minute’s silence, the playing of the Last Post and the laying of wreaths.

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