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VJ Day to be marked in Preston 70 years since fighting ended

Posted on - 3rd August, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, History, News, Ribbleton
The war memorial in the cemetery will be the focus for the service

The war memorial in the cemetery

Military veterans will pause to mark the moment the Second World War ended.

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Victory over Japan Day is to be marked on Saturday 15 August and the men of Preston and Lancashire who gave their lives are to be remembered.

Any men, who would now be in their 90s, who fought in the Far East conflict are being urged to join the service at the war memorial in Preston Cemetery.

Colonel Bernard Stam, President of the Preston and District Veterans council, said: “So many Preston and Lancashire men suffered and died in the dreadful war against Japan that marking VJ Day has always been important to us.

“With this year being the 70th anniversary we believe it is perhaps especially important to commemorate their suffering.

“This is the only event which commemorates and remembers those who 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 is perhaps sometimes forgotten about here at home.

“There are many families in and around Preston with good reason to remember the horrors of that war.

“This parade is as much for them as it is for the veterans. They are very welcome to come along to remember, especially the relatives of those who fought and died in the Far East.”

The ceremony begins at 10.45am at the war memorial in the Cemetery in Ribbleton.

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