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VJ Day 15 August 1945
Taking into account the Government restrictions put in place for our safety, Henley & Peppard Branch of the Royal British Legion is proud to have been in a position, with aid from the Henley Town Manager Helen Barnett and Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett to commemorate VJ-Day for our community in line with the National act of remembrance on Saturday 15 August when the surrender of Japan effectively ended World War II.
The brief ceremony was well and safely attended. Two Standards were on Parade with John Green carrying the RBL Henley & Peppard Branch Standard and James Nelson the Henley Dunkirk Veterans Standard. Additionally we had the good fortune to have Fr Jeremy Tayler from Henley’s St Mary’s Church present to read a prayer of thanksgiving and recite the Far East Prisoner of War Prayer which includes the words “The price that was paid we will always remember. Every day, every month, not just in November. We shall remember them”.
Bugler, ex Scots Guard, Stuart Henderson sounded the Last Post and The Reveille, Lt. Col. Blaker spoke the Exhortation, and after a poignant 2 minute respectful silence, brought the ceremony to a close with the haunting Kohima Epitaph “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today”
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