Commemorate VJ Day

VJ Day Online celebrations

The 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory Over Japan) Day is on August 15. On this day 75 years ago Japan surrendered and in effect ended the Second World War.

There are lots of events going on online and ways you can get involved to commemorate the day at home and online.

Watch Alan Woolven perform on the bandstand

Local resident Alan Woolven was born in Horsham and played piano and accordion in local concerts during the war.

In honour of VJ Day, Alan performed on the Carfax bandstand with Horsham diva Sarah Esser.

Things to do at home

Get involved online

  • Do you have a Second World War or VJ Day connection? Share it at
  • Share your stories with the world on social media. Use #VJDay75 to join the conversation
  • Contribute to Historic England’s digital project ‘VE to VJ Day: 75 Places that Witnessed the War'. From ordinary places that sheltered the Blitz-weary, to well-known sites of military might, the collection will feature stories of listed places that harbour wartime histories. The final collection will be revealed on VJ Day.
  • Read local stories on the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery blog

What to look out for on the day

On Saturday August 15, look out for the following:

  • 06.00am Waking up to Peace: Lone Pipers are encouraged to perform the Battle’s O’er ode at Sunrise at 5.47AM, from their home or a safe location of their choice that morning to officially start this special anniversary day.
  • 09.30am– 11.30am - VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers – VJ Day Commemoration Broadcast  A commemoration of all those who served and sacrificed in the Asia-Pacific campaign will be broadcast from the National Memorial Arboretum on the BBC.  The Remembrance Ceremony will reflect similar national events for VE 75 & at The Cenotaph and incorporate a two minute silence at 1100hrs and wreath laying.
  • 11.00am - VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers Buglers/trumpeters/cornet players are encouraged to play the Last Post and Reveille at 11AM as part of a national two minute silence, from their home or a safe location of your choice, followed at 8.18PM by playing again at Sunset
  • 11.05am – Nationwide Cry for Peace Around the World Town Criers across the country will undertake the ‘Cry for Peace Around the World’. Many Churches across the country will ring out their bell(s) 75 time to mark the end of the war 75 years ago and read out the ‘Cry for Peace’.
  • 8.30pm – 10pm -  VJ Day 75: The Nation’s Tribute Programme on BBC 1 paying tribute to all those who fought and died in the war