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.
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: