South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has called on local people to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on Saturday, while still adhering to Covid-19 restrictions.

August 15, 2020 marks 75 years since the conflict in Asia ended, bringing the Second World War to a close.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Dumfries and Galloway Council is organising a virtual service on Saturday, rather than a socially distanced open-air service and wreath laying ceremony which was previously planned.

Nationally, an online concert and service of remembrance will lead the commemoration on Saturday.

There will also be a two-minute silence; the Red Arrows will perform a flypast of Edinburgh and Legion Scotland will issue medallions in honour of those who made a contribution to the war effort.

Colin Smyth said: “Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, it is important that we still commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day in a safe way and I would like to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Second World War, as well as the many who served on the home front.

“Those brave men and women who fought and gave their lives for our freedom must never be forgotten. As we face the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, it is more important than ever that we commemorate their sacrifice.

“Like many people, I was scheduled to attend events to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day but unfortunately due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, I will now be taking part in online and virtual events taking place instead. If anyone is looking for ideas on how to commemorate the occasion at home and perhaps raise some money, Legion Scotland has a huge amount of information on its website.

“This charity continues to support our Armed Forces community and by supporting them, local people are supporting the men and women who continue to sacrifice for their country.”

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