WATCH: Plymouth marks 75th anniversary of VJ Day

    It was the day Japan announced its intention to surrender during the Second World War

    A national moment of silence and service of remembrance are taking place today (15 August) to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. 

    It marked the formal end of the Second World War, with the surrender of Japan. More than 71,000 British and Commonwealth troops died in the conflict against the country.

    The defence secretary has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph, to pay tribute to their efforts. 

    Plymouth has also taken part in the tribute for VJ Day 75, called 'Waking up to Peace', which has seen pipers across the world stand to play Battles O’er at sunrise in their countries. 

    Piper Ian Kempsell from the City of Plymouth Pipe Band gave Plymouth's tribute, playing on Plymouth Hoe. 

    A special church service is also being held today. It is happening outside the Minster Church of St Andrew and will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth.

     

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