96 year old veteran Ron Wilson
On 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces, marking the end of the Second World War after almost 6 years of fighting. Saturday 15 August 2020 will be the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), which provides an opportunity for us to remember those who served in the Far East.
When the war in Europe ended on 8 May 1945, thousands of soldiers and members of the Armed Forces were still engaged in fighting in Asia. By the time those involved in that conflict returned home, the nation was keen to move on, meaning that there was little recognition for those who fought in the Far East.
For many of the surviving members of the 'forgotten army', VJ Day brings about poignant memories. Ayr resident Ron Wilson, who fought in the Far East, has dedicated much of his time to raising awareness of VJ Day. Over the last three years the 96 year old veteran has visited local schools to tell his story, and give a first-hand account of the war against Japan. On Saturday 15 August, Ron will lay a wreath at the Ayr Cenotaph to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the campaign.
South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie said: "On VJ Day, we will remember the contribution of all of the Commonwealth and Allied Forces. The conditions they fought in were some of the worst seen in the Second World War, and sadly, they did not receive the same accolades as those who fought in Europe.
"75 years later, this is our chance to thank Ron, and the many others who came together to fight against oppression."
With celebratory events unable to take place this year due to COVID-19, we will commemorate VJ Day virtually across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram