What's On - 15 August 2020

  • Ceremony: 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2020

    Saturday 15 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory over Japan or VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ Day and then surreptiously changed later.