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By Fiona Reid
Nostalgia
VJ Day

RESIDENTS in Dumfriesshire are being called on to mark VJ Day next month.

The 75th anniversary takes place on Saturday August 15 and marks the day when Imperial  Japan surrendered in WWII to bring six years of global conflict to an end.

It will be marked with a series of virtual events organised by Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland in partnership with the Scottish Government, including a service of remembrance, a concert and a live lesson for schoolchildren.

And they are keen for folk from this region to join in and commemorate.

Legion Scotland chief executive Dr Claire Armstrong said: “This campaign saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War and in some of the harshest conditions. While Europe celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945, hundreds of thousands of personnel from across the Commonwealth were still engaged in the brutal fight against Imperial Japan.

“We will highlight the incredible service and sacrifice made by those who fought in the Far East campaign and unite the nation in remembrance of the generation who gave so much.”

  • Did a member of your family fight in the Far East, or do you have plans to mark VJ Day? Let us know by emailing fr@dngonline.co.uk
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