Southend MP to host VJ Day anniversary celebration

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, is hosting a Victory over Japan Day celebration for this year’s 75th anniversary.

Sir David has put together a video commemorating those involved in the war and has been working closely with the Children and Families of the Far East Prisoners of War charity.

Amongst other things, the video will include the history of the conflict in the Far East narrated by actor Peter Egan and an exclusive interview with the daughter of Dame Vera Lynne, Virginia.

Local veteran John Hill talks about his time in the war as a navigator. Members from the Children and Families of the Far East Prisoners of War charity will share their family’s stories about the war.

Winner of Southend’s Got Talent competition, Joe Palmer, will perform ‘On the Road to Mandalay’ and to finish, there will be a one-minute’s silence and the last post performed by Westcliff High School for Boys.

Sir David said: “VE Day celebrations this year were somewhat muted because of the pandemic. We need to ensure our boys in the Far East are not forgotten, and so we should properly commemorate their efforts this year for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. I would like to thank everybody who has shared their family’s war story and memories and to everybody else who has contributed to make this event possible and keep the memories of VJ Day alive. I hope you all enjoy this celebration for VJ Day”.

The video will be available to watch on Sir David’s YouTube channel from Saturday August 15.

Mick Ferris

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