County Hall will be raising the Union flag this weekend to mark 75 years since the Second World War came to an end in Japan.
The official commemorations will begin at 11am on Saturday, (15 August) with a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence, with residents being encouraged to mark the occasion from the safety of their homes.
And to support the commemorations,, the county council has launched a website dedicated to helping people to get involved with VJ Day.
It can be found at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/VJDay75
The county and city councils, together with the Lieutenancy Office, the Royal Tigers’ Association and the Children of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW), have worked together to produce the online resource to honour the bravery and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Far East.
The website features a wealth of material, including video messages, in-depth history of the campaign and personal reminiscences from those involved and their families.
Among the people sharing their stories is 101-year-old Jim Posnett, who fought in the Burma campaign. Jim, who raised the flag at last year’s Armed Forces Day celebration at County Hall, is featured in a short video where he talks to his daughter-in-law, county council chairman Pam Posnett, about his experiences.
It is especially poignant for me to be able to pay tribute to those who fought in the Far East during World War Two, as my father-in-law Jim Posnett, is among those who served. He is one of just two surviving Chindits in Leicestershire and I am honoured to be able to help him share his story
In 1945, the people of Leicestershire joined in Victory in Japan celebrations, celebrating heroes at home and on the frontline.
And 75 years on, residents across Leicestershire can join in online from their homes to remember those who lost their lives, so that we could live ours.”Person:Pam Posnett, county council chairman
The website also contains a link to the virtual service at Leicester Cathedral, which takes place at 5pm on Saturday 15 August.
The anniversary of VJ Day was to be marked with a service at the cathedral, but this had to be scaled back because of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, said: “It is impossible to overstate how much we all owe to those men who served in the Far East campaign – those members of the ‘Forgotten Army’, so many of whom lost their lives or spent years imprisoned in brutal camps.
“If it were not for their service and sacrifice, many of the freedoms and way of life we take for granted today would not be possible.”