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“The world must not forget their untold sacrifice” says Shadow Armed Forces Minister on 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Stephen Morgan MP calls for participation in commemorative events marking Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), a national moment of remembrance that pays tribute to those that fought in the pacific conflict and brought WW2 to a close.

The city MP and defence frontbencher is urging Portsmouth people to get involved with the programme of activities being pioneered by The Royal British Legion and the social media campaign run by Labour Friends of Forces. A Two Minute Silence, an interactive story sharing map, and a special tribute for commonwealth troops are some ways people can get involved.

Shadow Armed Forces Minister, Stephen Morgan MP said:

“The significance of VJ Day must not be underestimated and the sacrifice of those who fought in the pacific theatre must not forgotten. In a city like ours, with such a close connection to our forces community, it is important we lead by example when it comes to commemorations.

The conflict led to the ultimate end of World War Two, can be traced as the source of much of the multiculturalism we are fortunate to have in this country and is a shining example of our tri-services immense bravery.

In years by-gone, VJ Day has not received the recognition it deserves. I urge people to get involved safely with the campaigns run by The Legion and Labour Friends of the Forces so we can all ensure this momentous event receives due remembrance.”

Activity on the day will begin with a national Two Minute Silence at 11am on 15th August which will be the focal point of the commemorative service at the National Memorial Arboretum and will be led by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Public involvement has been stripped back due to the Covid-19 crisis which has driven up creative opportunities to get involved.

People can join in VJ Day commemorations by:

        Tweeting out their personal or family stories by using the hashtag: #VJDay75tributes set up by Labour Friends of the Forces

        Share their stories via The Royal British Legion website’s interactive story telling map

        Taking part in a two-minute silence

Mr Morgan has also joined calls for particular recognition to be given to Commonwealth veterans . Troops came from Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australasia to form one of the most multicultural forces in history, many of whom faced some of the harshest conditions of the Second World War.

On Commonwealth forces, Mr Morgan added:

“Those serving in the British Forces, and who helped secure Victory over Japan, came from a range of backgrounds and cultures.

This is nationally significant because we must celebrate this story of coming together but also because it helps us understand our nation’s current multi-cultural make up and complex past.

With division and hate crime a significant issue in our modern society, it is important we recognise and reflect on our nation’s proud and diverse history.”