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Victory in Pacific 75th Anniversary

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The end of the Second World War on 15 August 1945, known as Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day, was a time of great joy, celebration and elation, as well as deep sorrow.

On 15 August 2020, it will be 75 years since the end of the Second World War, and it is important Australians take the time to reflect and remember those who served and were impacted by the war.

The Second World War had been six long years. Around 1 million Australians served overseas in Europe, North Africa, the Pacific and defending Australia in the navy, army, air force personnel or in women’s services. The Second World War was of significance for Tasmania. From a population of just 250 000, more than 30 000 Tasmanians served.

While VP Day represented a homecoming and reunions for some families and community members, many would not return home. During the Second World War, more than 39 000 Australians lost their lives, and thousands were taken prisoner of war.

Commemorating Victory Pacific Day

Victory Pacific Day Services

On 15 August 2020, we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific and the end of World War Two.

We invite all Tasmanians to recognise this important day and remember the 1 100 Tasmanians who lost their lives in World War Two by:

  • Tuning in to the national commemorative service being held at the Australian War Memorial commencing at 9.30am and broadcast on ABC after 9.30am.
  • A small private Tasmanian service will be held at 11.00am at Government House. This service is not open to the public. Bells will ring across Australia on the day. In Tasmania the bells at St. David’s Cathedral will ring at 12.00pm.
  • The Australian Government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs will make available a medallion and certificate to every living veteran of the Second World War. This is a small but meaningful way we can thank living veterans of the largest global conflict of the 20th century. Applications to receive the medallion and certificate can be made by visiting the DVA website here or for those without access to the internet, by phoning 1800 838 372.

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Other VP Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative Programs

Seeking living Second World War Two Veterans

One in a Million: Wall of Respect

Veterans and stories of the Second World War

Sites of Significance Now and Then