Royal Family to lead tributes marking VJ Day 75
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will lead a national Two Minute Silence.
• His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will feature in poignant montage of veterans shared on social media and on large screens.
• A powerful re-telling of the story of Victory Over Japan will be broadcast on BBC One with tributes led by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
• Veterans of the Far East campaign will be present at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to remember fallen comrades.
• The Red Arrows will take to the skies for a stunning UK-wide flypast.
In the first such flight since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Red Arrows will conduct a UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
"When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory - and were among the last to come home.
"On this anniversary I want to remember what we owe the veterans of the Far East campaign. They brought an end to the Second World War, they changed the course of history for the better, liberated South East Asia, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"That's why on this remarkable anniversary - and every day hereafter - we will remember them."
• His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will appear in a photo montage series alongside other Second World War veterans. Each veteran will be pictured with an image of themselves from their time in service in a touching tribute broadcast on large screens across the country marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.
• Armed Forces musicians will lead the nation in a Service of Remembrance hosted by The Royal British Legion at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The ceremony will involve a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
• The Red Arrows will conduct flypasts over Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff and will conclude their tour of the UK over London.
• VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute will be broadcast on BBC One. Filmed at Horse Guards Parade, alongside veteran testimony His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will give an address which pays tribute to the veterans and the wartime generation, as the Nation honours, thanks and remembers all those who sacrificed so much during the Second World War. The pre-recorded programme, developed with the Ministry of Defence and involving 300 members of Armed Forces personnel, will highlight the scope and diversity of the British military in 1945. It will include a host of famous faces reading tributes, military bands and dramatic visual projection.
The Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, including the two-minute silence, will be broadcast on BBC One between 0930 - 1130. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, this event is not open to the public and people are asked not to visit the National Memorial Arboretum. VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute will be broadcast on BBC One between 2030 - 2200.
The Red Arrows will conduct a UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients. The flypast will also include the 'Shuttleworth Magnificent Musical Flying Display Drive-in' on the 15th August 2020.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will take part in a flypast following a two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (11am) as part of a special televised service.
More Information on VJ Day flypasts will be added here when known (including a Red Arrows Route & Map etc).