That is my Dad, in the centre of the photo, the guy in the white shirt.
15 August 2010
The Japanese surrendered to the Allied Forces on 14 August 1945, and the next day, Wednesday 15 August, was celebrated as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day. Japan formally surrendered on 2 September 1945 at a ceremony in Tokyo Bay on USS Missouri.
Celebrations happened across the UK, and thousands braved the rain to watch King George VI and the Queen drive down the Mall in an open carriage. The Royal Family greeted cheering crowds from the Palace balcony, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret mingled with the crowds outside later that day.
Dad was in the Royal Engineers and served in Burma.
The other day, my Mum, announced ‘I’ve bought each of you a book. It’s not bed time reading. But I wanted the three of you to have a copy’.
The book, Road of Bones, written by Fergal Keane.
(Edit, a Remembrance day post for 2011, can be found here)