15TH AUGUST 2020



On Saturday 15 August 2020, we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day.


Whilst we are unable to gather at Bert Crook Memorial to pay our respects due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we would like to acknowledge this important day of Australian history.


Seventy-five years ago, on 15 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito publicly announced Japan’s acceptance of the Allies’ terms and Japan’s unconditional surrender. Nazi Germany had surrendered to the Allies three months earlier. The Second World War was over.


Australian forces were engaged in campaigns across the Pacific – in New Guinea, Bougainville, New Britain, Borneo, and in the Philippines – and Australian prisoners of the Japanese were spread throughout Asia.


While there were many contributors to Japan’s defeat, the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 brought the conflict to a sudden end. Most had expected the war against Japan to continue into 1946.


In Australia, 15 August 1945 was gazetted as VP Day: “Victory in the Pacific Day”.


But for now, Australians enjoyed what Prime Minister Chifley simply called “this glorious moment”.


Ken McIntyre OAM


CHPRSL Sub Branch


Lest We Forget


They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget.

The "Ode" is taken from Laurence Binyon's poem
"For the Fallen" 

"The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance"

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