Saturday 15 August marks 75 years since Victory in Japan (VJ) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Japan. As the nation thanks the thousands of service personnel who fought and sadly lost their lives in the war across Asia and the Pacific, residents are urged to commemorate VJ Day either outdoors while following social distancing guidance, or online.
To mark the day, the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham will share a virtual speech of remembrance to pay tribute to all those who served and made so many sacrifices during the Second World War, both at home and abroad. The speech will be shared on the council's Facebook and Twitter pages at 11am.
Residents can also show their support from home by tuning in to the Royal British Legion's socially-distanced commemoration which will be broadcast on BBC One at 11am, or they can find a range of activities for all the family through the VJ Day digital toolkit.
The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham, said: "Despite the relief that war was over, there was also great sadness for the enormous cost of lives, and many eagerly awaited the safe return of loved ones who never made it home. VJ Day is a cause for celebration to pay tribute to the heroes who gave their lives for their country in the Second World War, particularly this year as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Japan."
Barnsley Council continues to support the armed forces community and their families. A range of support can be found on the armed forces covenant page.