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VP Day has service set for Echuca

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August 14, 2017

Echuca RSL sub-branch president John Hollowood (centre) tries his hand at a game of two-up at the American Hotel on Anzac Day.

A SHORT service to mark the 62nd anniversary of VP Day – Victory in the Pacific – will be held at the Cenotaph in Echuca tomorrow at 11am.

Echuca RSL sub-branch president John Hollowood said the service will include an address, the reading of The Ode, Last Post and Reveille.

“While it will be a short service, for Australians VP Day is one of the most significant moments in our history as unlike World War I, this war brought the battle to Australian soil for the only time in our history,” Mr Hollowood said.

“We invite everyone in the twin towns to take a few moments out of their day to mark this occasion,” he said.

VP Day, also known as VJ Day – for victory over Japan – marked the surrender of the Empire of Japan.

The official surrender documents were signed on September 2 in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri with ships from the Royal Australian Navy participating in the ceremony.

Australia also provided troops, logistics and support services for the subsequent occupation of the Japanese home islands.

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