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Belfast City Hall lights up to commemorate VJ Day as call goes out to heroes of WWII

By Rebecca Black

Published 15/08/2015

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall will turn red this evening to mark Victory in Japan day.

And the big screen on the front lawn will be showing highlights of commemorations in London from 10.30am to 12.15pm and then 1pm to 3.30pm.

Belfast City Council has renewed its call for Second World War veterans from the city to come forward so they can be VIP guests at a special civic lunch next month.

The special event planned for September 2 in City Hall will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War.

Belfast veterans - or relatives and friends acting on their behalf - are being urged to get in touch with the council with their name, contact details and a brief outline of their wartime service.

September 2 has been chosen for the luncheon as it marks the signing of the surrender document that formally ended World War Two.

This signing took place on the deck of the USS Missouri - now a museum ship at Pearl Harbour - in Tokyo Bay.

Belfast veterans who wish to be included on the City Hall guest list for the civic lunch are invited to contact lordmayorsoffice@belfastcity.gov.uk, or to telephone 028 9027 0486.

Meanwhile, the Queen and members of the royal family will attend a series of events today in London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

Thousands of people will line Whitehall in the centre of the capital to watch a spectacular flypast of historic and modern military aircraft, view the drumhead service taking place in Horse Guards Parade on big screens, and cheer on the military veterans as they parade, supported by military bands and current personnel, in honour of the role they played in the greatest conflict in history.

Bob Wright and John Steele at the VJ memorial service in Belfast yesterday
Bob Wright and John Steele at the VJ memorial service in Belfast yesterday

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