On August 15, Gordon Smith travelled to London to take part in the VJ Day 70th anniversary events. Find out how he got on, and what the highlight of the day was.
August marked the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, commemorating the moment when Japan surrendered and brought about the end of World War Two. While 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. As part of this VJ Day anniversary, we recognised the sacrifices and paid tribute to all those who served in the Armed Forces, including those who served in the famous 14th Army in Burma, who helped secure victory. Prisoners of War and civilian internees from the conflict were also recognised.