Hampshire County Council commemorates 75 years since the end of World War II with musical tribute

Members of the Hampshire County Council’s Music Service have produced an online musical tribute to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan and the end of World War II – which is on Saturday 15 August

Aug 11 2020

Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs said: “I’m really proud of what these talented young musicians have been able to accomplish virtually, to mark such a poignant day. VJ day is a significant event and on this anniversary, 75 years since the end of the conflict in the Far East, it’s important that we remember the sacrifices made by our troops, who continued to be involved in the war until Japan’s surrender. We should not forget their families, who also suffered.


“Now more than ever, it’s crucial we support the wider Armed Forces community, and the County Council is working in partnership with a range of agencies to provide support services for the men, women and families who serve our country on a daily basis.”


The tribute, a medley of familiar tunes, is performed remotely by staff and this year’s leavers who have graduated from the Hampshire County Youth Band - in one of their final performances. Vocal duties are by Kerry Kenward, a teacher with Hampshire Music Service.


The medley includes “Colonel Bogey” (used in the film Bridge over the River Kwai), Welsh lullaby “Suo Gan” (from Empire of the Sun) and “White Cliffs of Dover” as a tribute to Dame Vera Lynn. View a snippet of the performance online. The full performance will be shared on County Council social media channels on VJ day, follow @hantsconnect.


Why do we mark VJ Day?


While VE Day on 8 May marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel continued to be involved in the war in the Far East. VJ Day marks both the surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945 and the end of the Second World War, after almost six years.


The surrender followed the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the first and only time in the history of warfare such a destructive weapon has been used. The Japanese government on 10 August communicated its intention to surrender under the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.


You can find out more about national VJ commemorations and how to get involved by visiting the VJ Day website.