The Evening Standard story – Cameron marks VJ Day anniversary
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Britain must never forget the sacrifices made by those who served the country during the Second World War, David Cameron said.
The Prime Minister, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to join representatives of the three military Services and veterans of the conflict to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day).
The service at the Cenotaph will remember the efforts of hundreds of thousands of veterans operating in the harshest of conditions, and pay tribute to nearly 30,000 British losses suffered during the Far East campaign, some 12,500 of whom died while prisoners of war.
Mr Cameron, who will place a wreath on behalf of the Government, said: “We must never forget the sacrifices made and the dedication showed by those who served our country in the Second World War.
“They fought and suffered around the world in ferocious conditions. They witnessed incomprehensible horrors. They lost their lives – and many were imprisoned. And they did all this for us – to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today.
“VJ Day, the day the Second World War ended, is a time for this generation to reflect and show its gratitude to our veterans for their bravery, dedication and sacrifice.”
Chief of the General Staff General Sir David Richards, who will place a wreath on behalf of the Army, said: “The Second World War in the Far East began with a series of defeats which rank among the grimmest memories of the British Army, and which caused many thousands of British and Commonwealth troops to suffer captivity in conditions we can scarcely comprehend.
“But in 1944 one of the greatest of all British commanders, the much-loved Bill Slim, effected an extraordinary resurrection.
“First at Imphal and Kohima, then in his 1945 drive back into Burma, he led Fourteenth Army’s British, Indian and African soldiers to an historic victory.
“The achievement of Slim and his men, and the sacrifice of those who suffered and died for the Allied cause in Asia, remains today one of the most honoured memories of the British Army.”
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