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VJ Day

VJ Day

Victory over Japan Day, also known as V-J Day, is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end. The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands). August 15 is the official V-J Day for the United Kingdom, while the official US commemoration is September 2. The name, V-J Day, had been selected by the Allies after they named V-E Day for the victory in Europe.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Watch the VJ Day 75 songs and Dame Vera Lynn Medley performances – here
  • Or the UK commemorations for VJ Day 75 – here
  • Listen to Wartime classics from Acoustic Postcards – here
  • And sing along to two wartime classics with our lyrics – here