Victory in the Pacific
On the 6th and 9th August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. On 9th August, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. The Japanese Government on the 10th August communicated its intention to surrender under the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.
The news of the Japanese offer triggered early celebrations around the world. Allied soldiers danced in London, Americans and Frenchmen in Paris paraded on the Champs-Elysees singing “Don’t Fence Me in”.
A little after noon on the 15th August 15 1945, Emperor Hirohito's announcement of Japan's acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people over the radio. Earlier the same day, the Japanese government had broadcast an announcement over Radio Tokyo that had advised the Allies of the surrender by sending a cable to U.S. President Harry S Truman. A nationwide broadcast by Truman was aired at seven o'clock p.m. on Tuesday, 14th August announcing the communication and that the formal event was scheduled for the 2nd September. In his announcement of Japan's surrender on the 14th August, Truman said that "the proclamation of V-J Day must wait upon the formal signing of the surrender terms by Japan".
Since the European Axis Powers had surrendered three months earlier (VE Day), VJ Day was the effective end of World War II, with peace finally arriving after 6 long years.
VP Day 2020
On Saturday, August 15, Australian will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Also known as Victory in the Pacific, or VP Day.
In Victoria, due to COVID-19, we are unable to mark the 75th anniversary of VP Day with traditional commemorations and gatherings this year. However, there are still many ways to connect with and honour our veterans from home.
Watch RSL Victoria's commemorative presentation:
To commemorate 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, RSL Victoria has created a special online commemorative presentation. The presentation will be broadcast on RSL Victoria's Facebook page from 11:20 am to midday on August 15. The presentation will focus on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, acknowledging and thanking WWII veterans and will feature a formal address from Her Excellency, the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.
Watch our commemorative presentation right here: Click Here
RSL Victoria's VP Day Presentation is supported by the Victorian Government to recognise the 75thanniversary of the end of World War Two.
Read our special commemorative booklet:
To help Victorian's commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific From home, we have produced a special booklet. The booklet contains seven stories, two stories about wartime Melbourne and five stories from World War Two veterans. RSL Victoria hopes that reading this booklet will help inspire you to reminisce, start conversations and even educate.
You can read and download our PDF booklet here.
RSL Victoria’s VP Day commemorative booklet is supported by the Victorian Government to recognise the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.
Creative ways to participate in the 75th anniversary of VP Day from home
While we can't mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two with traditional commemorations and gatherings, there are many ways we can connect with and thank our veterans from home.
Download and display our commemorative poster
To help commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, RSL Victoria has created a special illustration that we hope all our members will enjoy. Based off a real photo taken in Melbourne on August 15, 1945. Our commemorative image aims to capture the mood of the day that it was announced that the war was over. RSL Victoria invites you to print our commemorative image and display it in your homes on VP Day, 2020.
Download and print our children's colouring activity
Get the kids involved in commemorating VP Day by downloading and printing this colouring-in activity.
Tell us your story of peace
Visit RSL Victoria's Facebook and leave a comment on our special VP Day event post with your very own VP Day story of peace. It could be a personal account of your wartime service or your memories of celebrating VP Day in 1945. Or it could be a picture and story about a relative or loved one who served during WWII. We'd love to hear from you!
If you don't have a Facebook account, but would still like to share a story of peace email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and we'll post it to Facebook on your behalf.
Write to a WWII Veteran
Share your appreciation and say thank you to a World War Two veteran.
If you know a World War Two veteran, considering writing to them to say thank you for their service.
If you don’t know a WWII veteran but would like to say thank you, write a letter and RSL Victoria will share letters with WWII veterans who are members of RSL Victoria.
Send your letter of appreciation to:
RSL Victoria, ANZAC House, 4 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic, 3000.
Show your support on social media
Share your message of support and thanks for WWII veterans using the hashtag #Victoriaremembers #VPDAY75