Service in Crawley to mark 70th VJ Day

Service of Remembrance, 70th Anniversary of the ending of the Seecond World War in Europe.The Memorial Gardens, Crawley and  Vintage Tea Party, May 8 2015. There will be a commemmoration event for VJ Day on Saturday August 15 - picture by Ian Stratton.

Service of Remembrance, 70th Anniversary of the ending of the Seecond World War in Europe.The Memorial Gardens, Crawley and Vintage Tea Party, May 8 2015. There will be a commemmoration event for VJ Day on Saturday August 15 - picture by Ian Stratton.

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Crawley Memorial Gardens will fall silent again on Saturday (August 15) as the town marks the 70th anniversary of when Japan surrendered, signifying the end of the Second World War.

It is the official VJ Day for the UK and this milestone anniversary will be marked in Crawley with a short service of remembrance in Memorial Gardens organised by the Royal British Legion.

Service of Remembrance, 70th Anniversary of the ending of the Seecond World War in Europe.The Memorial Gardens, Crawley and  Vintage Tea Party, May 8 2015. There will be a commemmoration event for VJ Day on Saturday August 15 - picture by Ian Stratton.

Service of Remembrance, 70th Anniversary of the ending of the Seecond World War in Europe.The Memorial Gardens, Crawley and Vintage Tea Party, May 8 2015. There will be a commemmoration event for VJ Day on Saturday August 15 - picture by Ian Stratton.

The drumhead service, attended by Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Chris Cheshire, begins at 1.30pm and will include the march on of standards at 1.45pm concluding with a two-minute silence at 2pm.

It is also 75 years from the intense battles taking place in the skies over Britain. This is an opportune time to remember the sacrifice of ‘The Few’. All are welcome to come and join the ceremony.

Mrs Cheshire said: “It’s really important we remember the courage and sacrifice made by those 70 years ago and pass on this message to younger members of society.”

There are a number of events taking place in London and nationally to mark the anniversary.