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Marking VJ Day together

12 August 2020 : Council news, Community

Taunton’s 40 Commando Royal Marines and the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Fran Smith, are hosting a Covid-secure service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

The event to recognise Victory over Japan, marking the end of the Second World War, will take place on Saturday, 15 August, at the 40 Commando base in Norton Manor Camp.

Attendees will include The High Sheriff of Somerset, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, and Civic leaders from SWT and Somerset County Council alongside serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East. VJ Day marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Taunton’s VJ Day commemoration thanking them for their service and sacrifice is traditionally held in Vivary Park but COVID-19 restrictions have meant changes to the format of many Civic events this year.

40 Commando have agreed to hold the event at Norton Manor Camp with a service for up to 30 people in the Memorial Garden followed by a small reception.

Film and images will be available on SWT and 40 Commando social media platforms - @swtcouncil, @tauntonmayor and @40commando.

Although the service will be private this year there are many ways that members of the public can get involved with VJ Day while following social distancing guidelines.