Council to mark Victory in Japan Day with a virtual event

MID and East Antrim Council will mark VJ Day on 15 August in a virtual manner where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be joined by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, to pay tribute to all those who played such a key role during the Second World War.

This year VJ Day will mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The event will pay tribute to the tens of thousands of service personnel from across the UK, and the Commonwealth, who fought and died in the war against Japan.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “I am honoured that Mid and East Antrim will mark VJ Day virtually this month.

“The virtual event for VE Day in May was particularly poignant and provided people with the opportunity to mark the historic event at home despite the lockdown period.

“This year’s VJ Day event will allow the residents of Mid and East Antrim to join together virtually to commemorate the end of the Second World War.”

Council hosted a virtual event in May this year for VE Day, which was watched by thousands online and included a message from the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster.

The schedule of virtual events for VE Day also marked a moment of silence, extracts from Winston Churchill’s speeches, cookery demonstrations, poetry and the address to the nation by Her Majesty the Queen.

The decision to hold the virtual VJ Day event follows the recent announcement that Council will host the regional Armed Forces Day event in 2021 in Carrickfergus.

Council’s virtual event for VJ Day will be pre-recorded and broadcast on 15 August through Council’s website and social media platforms.

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