London Fire Brigade

Brigade staff help veterans celebrate VJ Day

18 August 2015

We assisted veterans at VJ Day - Victory over Japan Day - celebrations on Saturday, 15 August.

The anniversary paid tribute to those that served in the UK Armed Forces in the Far East, including those who served in the famous 14th Army in Burma, who helped secure victory. The events also recognise Prisoners of War and civilian internees from the conflict.

Staff helped veterans, who were unable to make the parade journey walking, due to lack of mobility, but want to participate with the aid of a wheelchair.

Community Safety Deputy Manager Vanessa Skinner said: "It was one of the best days of my life. I have a close connection with these veterans as my great uncle, Alec Hathaway, was a civilian intern in Singapore during the conflict.

"Volunteering at the celebration was very humbling and an honour to give a little back to those who gave up so much. I had the privilege to meet HRH Prince Charles who thanked us for our work on the day."

The event took place on a lovely summers day in Horse Guards Parade.

About Victory over Japan Day

Although the war in Europe ended in early May 1945 it continued in the Far East. The Japanese finally surrendered on 14 August 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria. The next day, Wednesday, 15 August 1945 was celebrated as VJ Day.