Victory in the Pacific, The Cenotaph



Cenotaph, Martin Place


Thursday 15 August 2019 at 1100


About This Event

Victory in the Pacific Day Commemoration Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorates the anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific on 15 August 1945.

VP or Victory in the Pacific Day is commemorated every year at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney on the 15 August.

On the morning of 15 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. The Cenotaph in Sydney, along with many other places, became a rallying point for crowds celebrating and commemorating the end of the conflagration.

On 15 August each year 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.