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Veterans turn out to mark VJ Day 70th anniversary - Yorkshire Hub

Veterans turn out to mark VJ Day 70th anniversary

Second world war veterans have turned out to take part in events marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, the day Japan surrendered and the war ended.

RAF veteran John Watkins

RAF veteran John Watkins, 89, from Boston, Lincolnshire, who fought with 233 Squadron

A ceremony was held at Horse Guards Parade in London which was attended by not only veterans, but by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Prime Minister.

A large number of veterans arrived in wheelchairs, proudly wearing their medals, with many of the survivors of the conflict now in their 90’s.

RAF veterain ron meadles

RAF veteran Ron Meades, 94, from Weymouth with carer Chris Callaghan. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A service was also held at St Martin-in-the-Fields commemorating those who died in the conflict.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

People attend a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

The congregation listened in silence to a recitation of the Kohima Epitaph by John Giddings, 92, “when you go home tell them of us, and say for your tomorrow we gave our today”.

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