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Community / Shetland marks 75th anniversary of VJ Day

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COUNCIL convener Malcolm Bell and Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter led the wreath laying on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

The Second World War came to an end when Japan surrendered to Allied forces after two nuclear bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945.

Convener Bell said: “The end of the hostilities in south east Asia marked the end of almost six long years of global conflict.  It was then truly a time to rejoice and to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many both here in Shetland and overseas.

“We must remember the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day as day that peace finally broke out and people could begin to enjoy freedom again.

“Sadly, COVID restrictions mean our planned commemoration has been scaled back but it is, none-the-less, important that we do pause to mark this historic event.”