Stevenage marks VJ Day with commemorative service

17 Aug 2015

Hundreds of people joined the Deputy Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr John Lloyd, and representatives of the Royal British Legion in the Town Square to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day on 15 August.

The Deputy Mayor welcomed those who came to show their respect, before everyone observed a two minute silence at 11am. The service continued with The Stevenage Sea Cadets playing ‘Reveille’, followed by a moving tribute to those who fought in World War II, read by Cllr John Lloyd, and a blessing by Reverend Christopher Bunce.

Cllr John Lloyd said: “The short service brought our community together and allowed everyone to show their respect to those who fought and lost their lives for victory over Japan. The hundreds of people who joined us in the Town Square came to thank them and celebrate the role they played in our nation’s history.”

The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Mr Jonathan Trower attended the service, along with Council Leader, Sharon Taylor.

The Royal British Legion also gave out information on VJ Day and the armed forces community before and after the service.

Richard Mott, a member of the Royal British Legion, said: “A lot of people came to the Town Square commemorative service to show their respect to those who fought and died to bring an end to six years of war. World War II affected everyone, including a lot of local Stevenage people, so it is vital that we show our support to these war veterans.”

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