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Queen to mark 70th anniversary of VJ Day

By Tony Jones

The Queen will mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day by leading the nation in commemorating the sacrifices of British Second World War forces who fought and died defeating Japan.

The Queen and members of the royal family will take part in a series of events on August 15.

A service attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, veterans, former prisoners of war and civilian internees will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in central London.

Later that afternoon the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be joined by veterans and their families for a special commemorative event at Horse Guards Parade, featuring a fly-past of historic aircraft, a wreath-laying ceremony, readings and hymns. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "It is important that we take this opportunity to pay tribute to the courage and fortitude of all those whose actions led to the final victory of Allied forces in the Second World War.

"This major anniversary is a time to recognise the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives, the veterans who fought, and the prisoners of war and civilian internees who suffered for their country."

After Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8, 1945 the Japanese finally surrendered on August 14 following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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