Victory in the Pacific Day Commemoration
Cenotaph, Martin Place
Saturday 15 August, 11am
1300 679 775
VP or Victory in the Pacific Day is commemorated every year at The Cenotaph on the 15th August.
On the morning of 15th August 1945, the Emperor of Japan announced that Japan would accept the Allies ultimatum to surrender.
On the same day just after nine o’clock, as the majority of the population would normally have been starting the day’s work, Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s voice was heard over the wireless sets of the nation announcing that peace was at hand.
For Australians, this meant the end of the Second World War. A war that had seen nearly 1 million Australians serve in the armed forces with over 27,000 killed in action, over 23,000 wounded, and over 30,000 taken prisoner of war.
A legacy which is still felt today.
The announcement of the cessation of hostilities was the signal for a spontaneous outpouring of happiness never seen before in Australia, nor since. Martin Place, along with many other places, became a rallying point for crowds celebrating and commemorating the end of the conflagration.
On this day we gather to remember and respect all those Australians that served during WWII; those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; those who returned and were forever scarred; and those who cared for our veterans.