Call to mark VJ Day anniversary

VJ celebrations in London, August 1945
VJ celebrations in London, August 1945
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A Lostock Hall man has called on fellow Lancastrian’s to remember those who suffered in the Far East in World War Two.

The 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) is on Saturday, August 15, and will be marked with commemorative events across the country, including one at the War Memorial in Preston Cemetery.

Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW), a charity dedicated to keeping alive the memory of Far East Prisoners of War, want to raise awareness of the suffering endured by almost 200,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers.

COFEPOW member Paul Housden from Lostock Hall said: “My father, and many others like him, suffered a great deal in the Japanese prison camps in World War Two. Although he managed to survive, tens of thousands of others died in the Far East and so it is important that we remember what they went through.”