The 15th August 2020 marks 75 years since Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect, finally bringing the war to an end.  Legion Scotland, in partnership with Poppyscotland and the Scottish Government, plan to mark the important milestone with a virtual service of remembrance followed by a virtual tribute concert online. 

As with VE Day in May this year, large scale gatherings are still not permitted and we must adhere to current Government Guidelines, however, we are committed to bringing the country together and ensuring that VJ Day 75 is still appropriately marked across the country, despite restrictions.

A virtual service of remembrance will be broadcast live from the Legion Scotland Facebook page on Saturday 15th August.  The service will be conducted by Legion Scotland Padre Rev Dr Karen Campbell and will include a two minute silence at 1100.  The service will then be followed at 12 noon with a virtual tribute concert.  

All content broadcast on the 15th of August will provide a platform to share stories of the WW2 generation and to highlight their immense contribution and sacrifice.  We will pay tribute not only to British forces but also the Allied and Commonwealth forces, without whom the defeat of Japan would not have been possible.  We will be commemorating a truly multicultural effort which brought the war to an end.

Poppyscotland are once again providing digital learning resources as an excellent way for young people to engage in VJ Day activities.  Produced in collaboration with Legion Scotland and the Scottish Government, the materials will be launched for the start of the first full week back to school, on the 17th of August.  You can find out more about these by clicking here.

Finally, we want to hear about your plans for marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Please share your stories, pictures and video either via our Facebook page or by email to [email protected]

If you are participating in, or planning any VJ Day events, please ensure you continue to observe Scottish Government guidelines