A mass of revellers in Trafalgar Square at midnight celebrating VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in 1945 14081945 CREDIT EMPICS ARCHIVE PA
VJ Day

VJ Day: Military Museums To Hold Virtual Commemorations

The coronavirus pandemic has meant many traditional events are unable to go ahead.

A mass of revellers in Trafalgar Square at midnight celebrating VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in 1945 14081945 CREDIT EMPICS ARCHIVE PA

The national museums for the UK Armed Forces have come together to offer a number of virtual events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum, RAF Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are offering a programme of virtual events and learning opportunities to ensure the milestone anniversary is not forgotten.

The coronavirus pandemic means many events have had to be scaled back but the heritage sector is determined to make sure the people who fought in the conflict are not forgotten.

Victoria Ingles, senior curator at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, said the museum still wanted to "commemorate what is a significant anniversary" and are instead running events digitally.

"We’re hosting a sort of online series of programmes, events, talks and activities that you can do from the comfort of your home," she said.

Some of the digital events will use artefacts from the museum’s collections, such as items from military personnel held in Japan as prisoners of war.

Ms Ingles told Forces News whilst "a lot of the veterans involved in that conflict" have passed away, "even at the time it was felt it was a forgotten conflict".

WATCH: Tim Cooper reports on the museums' plans.

"We’d celebrated VE Day back in May and those that were still fighting the Japanese out in the Far East felt they were a little bit overlooked and neglected even at the time," she said.

"This is a really significant point to go back and reflect and actually remember what it is that they did to help us succeed in war against Japan."

VJ Day will be commemorated by a service led by the Royal Family, as well as a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Red Arrows are also involved in the commemorations, flying over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London for the first time since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Royal British Legion is also planning to highlight the role both British and Commonwealth personnel played in the Second World War.

Cover image: People celebrate VE Day in 1945 in Trafalgar Square, London (Picture: EMPICS/PA).