Monday, 16th August 2010
In Events In Japan,
War veterans mark victory over Japanese troops
Veterans from the second world war have marked the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Japanese troops by the allies.
Yesterday (August 16th) the few remaining veterans passed by the Cenotaph in London to mark VJ Day, with Prince Charles and prime minister David Cameron also in attendance to lay wreaths at the memorial.
Army chief Sir David Richards also attended the ceremony.
In a statement read out at the event, Mr Cameron said that the sacrifices made by those who fought in the second world war should never be forgotten.
"They fought and suffered around the world in ferocious conditions. They witnessed incomprehensible horrors. They lost their lives - and many were imprisoned," he commented.
VJ Day is held to remember the troops who carried on fighting once the second world war came to an end in Europe. While the conflict ended there in May, fighting continued in Asia until the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan forced the nation to finally surrender.
Written by Kimberley Homer
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