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The National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum will take centre stage during national commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

A remembrance ceremony at the Alrewas site will be screened live on BBC TV from 9.30am tomorrow (15th August).

It will be central to the coverage of the commemorations with the Prince of Wales leading a televised two minute silence at 11am.

Cllr Philip White, deputy leader of Staffordshire County, said:

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“It’s fitting that a day of national commemoration of Victory over Japan should begin here in Staffordshire for the county has many links with that historic conflict in the Far East – through the army regiment that bore its name and the many others who served on land, sea and air in harsh physical conditions to bring about peace.

“Not many of that generation are alive to tell the story now, but we know from our parents and grandparents what a difficult time it was at home and abroad, as the so-called Forgotten Army fought on against a determined opponent at a time when so many people in the UK were celebrating the end of the war in Europe.

“While we are limited at the moment as to how we can join together physically to mark a day that still means so much to so many, I hope everyone can find a moment on Saturday to reflect on the sacrifices everyone made in doing their duty to help one another and the equally inspiring way that different nations have worked together since then to build closer, stronger relationships with one another.”

Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council

The event is closed to the public and people are asked not to gather near the site.


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  1. My Uncle, as I called him, was my Dads best friend, both Londoners; Bill Owen was captured and worked on the Burma Rail, Bridge over the River Kwai, he came back half his size and a broken man, both physically and mentally. He never ever told my Dad or his Wife Ivy of the Torture and atrocities he experienced in the “Camps”, but it left him with epilepsy.
    Uncle Bill was a funny, lively, lovely man who sadly died of cancer +-35 years ago. May he R.I.P.
    Bless them all.

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