VJ Day 2020 UK schedule: Every timing as British celebrate 75 years since Victory in Japan
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VJ Day brought an end to World War II after the US dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945, The Soviet Union also declared war on Japan on august 9, and launched the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on the same day as the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 1.5million soldiers travelled south and invaded the Japanese state of Manchuko alongside the Mongolians. As a result, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration on August 15, which outlined the terms of Japan’s surrender.
Now, the event is commemorated every year for its historic significance and bringing an end to one of the worst wars in human history.
This year, The Duke of Edinburgh, who was present in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the agreement in September 1945, will feature in a montage of veterans of the Pacific theatre, which will be shared on social media and on large screens all over the UK.
The Red Arrows will also be conducting a UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients.
It is not known at what time the flypast will be, but it is the first of its kind since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
VJ Day 2020 UK schedule
The VJ Day schedule is as follows:
6am – Battle’s O’er
Pipers will play Battle’s Over at 6am local time in the country they are in.
The Government website states: “A piper will play ‘Battle’s Over’ at the Imperial War Museums’ HMS Belfast in London at sunrise as part of a tribute entitled ‘Waking Up to Peace’, that will also include pipers playing at dawn in India, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.”
9.30am – VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers
Sophie Raworth presents coverage of a special commemoration of the end of the Second World War, broadcast live from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on BBC One.
The show will feature contributions from Fergal Keane, Dan Snow and veterans of the conflict.
The BBC One programme will also include the Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, including the two-minute silence.
The Nation Remembers will be broadcast on BBC One between 9.30am and 11.30am.
10.58am – The Last Post
Buglers, Trumpeters and Cornet players will sound the Last Post all over the UK.
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11am – Two minute silence
The two minute silence will be led by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall this year.
The Government website states: “The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will lead the UK in a national moment of remembrance and thanksgiving for all those who served in the Far East.
“His Royal Highness will lead a two minute silence at 11am at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as part of a special televised service.
“A number of veterans, including 93-year-old Albert Wills who served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Indefatigable, will be present at the service to pay their respects to their fallen comrades.”
11.02am – Reveille
Following the two minute silence, buglers/trumpeters and Cornet players will play Reveille.
11.10am – The Cry for Peace Around the World
Town Criers and Church representatives read out the Cry for Peace at 11.10am local time.
Following the Cry for Peace, participating churches will ring their bells 75 times, one ring for each year since VJ Day.
8.18pm – Sunset
Buglers and Cornet players will play Sunset as the finale of the day’s celebrations
8.30pm – The Nation’s Tribute
A special programme, The Nation’s Tribute, will be broadcast on BBC One.
The program will feature a re-telling of the story of Victory over Japan with tributes led by the Duke of Cambridge.
The Government website reads: “The Duke of Cambridge will feature in ‘VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute’, a special programme filmed at Horse Guards Parade that will be broadcast on BBC One.
“Alongside veteran testimony, the Duke will honour and give thanks to all those who sacrificed so much during World War II.”
The pre-recorded programme, developed with the Ministry of Defence, involves 300 members of Armed Forces personnel.
The Nation’s Tribute will highlight the scope and diversity of the British military in 1945, and include a host of famous faces reading tributes, military bands and dramatic visual projections.
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