One Community Hampshire and Dorset (OCHD in conjunction with the UK Nepal Friendship Society (UKNFS) participated on the historic occasion of the VJ Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the National Arboretum (Staffordshire).
HRH the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, the Prime Minister, represented at highest formal level on behalf of nation, the Royal Family and HM Government in the exceptional speeches that marked this historic day.
One Community Hampshire and Dorset in conjunction with the UK Nepal Friendship Society (www.uknfs.org) salute the Heroes of this historic day, the surviving veterans of the Burma and Far East campaigns of WWII who on this very special day spoke so movingly about their experiences of courage and of horror from those campaigns, speeches that were profound for many reasons and especially because they reminded the whole of the British nation of those that did not survive but paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The occasion was not only historic in terms of being the VJ Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration, but because the organiser The Royal British Legion (TRBL) — whose Patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II — in the approach to the Anniversary fully and proportionately highlighted the scale and the importance of BAME community members from across the world (from South Asia [Nepali Gurkha, and Indian, to African and many other peoples of the Commonwealth) crucial contribution to the ultimate victory. The reason for the OCHD and UKNFS formal representation (through OCHD lead/CEO Mr Pritheepal Singh, and UKNFS lead/CEO Mr Alan Mercel-Sanca) being the partnering/collaborative work with TRBL in the field of transcultural education, supportive to effective Remembrance & Commemoration learning that TRBL provides. More detail to follow soon.
We’ll provide some more images from this historic day shortly.