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Marking the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

August 15, 2020 12:36 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

VJ Day 75 logoToday, Saturday 15th August, is the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day and Bedfordshire Archives are marking the occasion by launching an interactive map of Bedfordshire in World War Two.

This map enables people to explore some of the varied experiences of the war across the county online.

From the memorial to the aircrew who crashed at Yelden in the north, Make Do and Mend at Woburn in the west, the new auxiliary fire service tender at Stotfold in the east and the Luton home guard in the south, the map has lots to explore.

Each marker gives some detail about the place, and lots give suggestions for exploring the stories further.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we have not been able to mark the 75th anniversaries of VE Day or VJ Day in the way we would have liked to this year. We will be flying the Union Flag at Borough Hall on Saturday 15 August to mark VJ Day, and the launch of this map will be a fascinating way to discover the local stories of World War Two in Bedfordshire."

You can find this interactive map at www.bedford.gov.uk/WorldWarTwo.

The VJ Day anniversary obviously cannot be marked as it normally would be locally due to the pandemic, however the Union Flag is of course flying at Borough Hall.

Another special event to mark the VJ Day anniversary is the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership's presentation of an online concert by the Femmes which is inspired by the 1940s. You can watch it here for free until 17th August

You can visit the official VJ Day 75 website to learn more about VJ Day and read the stories of veterans who served from the UK and the Commonwealth.