Legion appeals to VJ-Day veterans

Horncastle War Memorial Centre EMN-140717-123205001
Horncastle War Memorial Centre EMN-140717-123205001

An appeal has gone out for Second World War veterans to take part in the town’s VJ Day commemorations on August 16.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a special service at the Town’s War Memorial Centre.

The Legion is keen to track down local veterans who fought the Japanese during the conflict.

Mike Allard, chairman of the Horncastle branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was hopeful some veterans might be living in the area.

He asks that any veterans contact him on 01507 527104. Transport can be arranged

Mr Allard said: “It’s the 70th anniversary since the end of the war against Japan so it would be fitting if we could track down some veterans.

“We know of D-Day veterans - and RAF veterans - but not anyone who fought against the Japanese.”

The service will be held at 3pm and a new memorial stone will be dedicated.

There will be other events that weekend (Aug 15-16) to mark VJ Day, including children’s parties on The Wong. The BBMF will, perform a fly-past.