The Armed Forces led the nation in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day and paid tribute to the enormous sacrifices of the Greatest Generation during the Second World War.
At sunrise, pipers played Battle’s Over” at the Imperial War Museum’s HMS Belfast and the National Memorial Arboretum as part of a tribute entitled ‘Waking Up to Peace’. Military pipers also played in India, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.
Small poignant ceremonies took place across Central London yesterday morning, including a wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph, attended by Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.
A national service of remembrance was hosted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prime Minister, veterans and descendants, including a national two-minute silence at 11am.
In the first such flight since the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Red Arrows conducted a specially designed UK wide flypast tribute over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London although bad weather put paid to three stages of the flight, Belfast seeing the reds in their full glory.
Enjoy the range of images below from the day. All images Crown Copyright 2020.