Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorates the end of the Second World War in the Pacific. We give thanks to Australia's Second World War veterans on this day.
On 15 August 1945, Japan announced their surrender to the Allies, bringing the Second World War to an end. After 6 years of war and over 45,000 killed in service or as prisoners of war, Australians rejoiced. They celebrated with church services, gala concerts and parades. Over 200,000 Australians serving overseas began to return home, as well as thousands who had been prisoners of war, reuniting families.
The formal surrender took place on 2 September 1945, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. General Sir Thomas Blamey represented Australia at the ceremony, while a dozen Royal Australian Navy ships were among those gathered in the bay.
Reviewed 17 January 2022