Digital service to mark VJ Day anniversary

14 August 2020
Norwich Cathedral has published a special digital Sunday Service this weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in the Second World War, in effect bringing the war to an end on 15 August 1945.

A Service of Remembrance and Commitment to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War can be viewed on this page and also on the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.

An order of service can also be downloaded here for people to follow: VJ Day Sunday Service

In the opening address, the Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, pays tribute to the sacrifices and the strength of the wartime generation.

"At this time, we hold in our hearts most especially those who after peace was established in Europe, continued to be involved in the conflict in Asia and the Pacific until the surrender of Japan on the 15th August 1945.
"The breadth of our commemoration is also broader: for today we must also remember the part played by all the people of our nation and Commonwealth who lived through that period of war: for at home and abroad, with arms and without, they shared the conviction that oppression and tyranny must not prevail. We call to mind too, the enormous human cost across the world and through future generations of the Second World War and its ending."

General the Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, leads the Act of Remembrance and gives the Address.