75th anniversary of the victory in the Pacific

This Saturday marks 75 years since one of the most significant days in our nation’s history, Victory in the Pacific.

VP Day commemorates the unconditional surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Forces in WWII – a conflict that claimed almost 40,000 Australian lives, wounded more than 66,000 others and saw more than 30,000 taken prisoners of war.

Without the sacrifices of those who served, the lives we lead today would be vastly different.

It may be 75 years since that historic day but it is important the contributions of those Australians who served our nation are never forgotten.

It is imperative that the stories of those soldiers continue to be entrenched into our nation’s memory.

There is no doubt COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the way we live our day-to-day lives.

While the times have no doubt been testing and tragic, spare a thought for those who enlisted in WWII.

Spare a thought for their families and friends who didn’t know if their loved ones would ever return.

Spare a thought for those whose loved ones did return but were never the same due to the atrocities they witnessed and were exposed to during the War.

This Saturday, I urge every man, woman and child to take a minute to remember those 575,000 Australians who served our nation so valiantly in WWII.

Lest we forget.

Source: Greg Warren MP, Shadow Minister for Veterans