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VJ Day 70

The Queen and members of The Royal Family will attend a series of events on Saturday 15 August to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day).

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. I would urge the nation to attend the many events up and down the country 70 years on from the victory in Japan."

Victor Knibb, 90, of Hampton in Surrey, is the Vice-Chairman of the Burma Star Association and served with the 4th Battalion The Royal West Kent Regiment. He said: "VJ Day means a lot to me. Around 97,000 British and Commonwealth troops died out there and more than 120,000 Japanese died in that war.

"To me, VJ Day is for the memory of those men who didn’t come back. Without them we wouldn’t have had 70 years of peace and comfort."

First World War Centenary logoFirst World War Centenary

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. Within government the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading plans to build a commemoration fitting of this significant milestone in world history.

The Imperial War Museum London has reopened to the public with new First World War galleries showcasing new exhibitions.

Find out how you can get involved in commemorations in your area. Visit the website: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/first-world-war-centenary

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