Saturday marks 75 years since the declaration of Victory in Japan三级成人视频, which brought to an end to the Second World War. The conflict in Asia and the Pacific saw heroism and compassion, but also cruelty and death.
An estimated 71,000 people from Britain and the Commonwealth died there, including over 12,000 in appalling conditions as prisoners of war. The struggle to drive the Japanese out of Burma is sometimes described as the “forgotten war” and the allied soldiers as the “forgotten army”, in part because they were so far from Britain. Today’s events are therefore an opportunity to prove that this nation always remembers its best. Church bells will ring, planes will fly overhead, tributes will be held and veterans honoured – including the Duke of Edinburgh.
三级成人视频As a young Royal Navy officer, the Duke was present when the Japanese formally surrendered on a ship in Tokyo Bay. Another notable veteran of the Pacific war is Captain Sir Tom Moore, who served in Burma. His fundraising efforts during the current pandemic provided moral leadership: many said to themselves, “if a man of his venerable age can still make a difference, so can I.”
Peace in 1945 gave birth to a new world, as Japan subsequently became democratic and various states gained their independence. Britain and Japan achieved a moving rapprochement, to the extent that two nations that were once at war are now negotiating a trade deal. The UK looks always to its future. When paying respect to the soldiers of the past, it must remember too the men and women of today who are willing to put their lives on the line in our defence – an unbroken tradition of courage and honour.