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The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

Henley-on-Thames & Peppard Branch meet on the 3rd Monday of each month for lunch preceded by a talk at the Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road in Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG

The Branch Lunch and Talks are open to everyone. Further details are on our Dates for your Diary page.

 

Membership -  If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and provide support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

 

VJ Day 15 August 1945

In Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India. Britain and the Commonwealth’s principle fighting force, the Fourteenth Army, was one of the most diverse in history - over 40 languages were spoken, and all the world’s major religions represented.

 

The descendants of many of the Commonwealth veterans of that army are today part of multicultural communities up and down the country, a lasting legacy to the success and comradeship of those who fought in the Asia-Pacific. 

 

Image copyright: Imperial War Museums.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia takes the salute during the VJ Day Parade on the Galle Face Green in Columbo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), on 25 August 1945. 

This year we remember the contribution of all Commonwealth  and Allied Forces without whom victory and the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today would be possible