Victory in the Pacific Day commemorated in Australia (Photos)
The bagpipes echo through the Australian War Memorial in Canberra every afternoon in a rendition of the piper’s lament. 15 August is Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day, the morning of which Japan announced its unconditional surrender in 1945.
The Australian War Memorial performs the Last Post Ceremony at the end of every day and commemorates one of the names on the Roll of Honour.
The French delegation in attendance heard the story of Captain Domenic George Picone who was honoured at the Last Post Ceremony for VP day this year. Serving in the Australian Army Medical Corps, Picone survived the duration of the war only to be executed by Japanese soldiers on 27 August 1945 as one of the few surviving Australian POWs who had passed through Changi prison.
In Sydney, VP day commemoration took place at the Sydney Cenotaph where Mme Anne Bouillon, Consul-General of France to Australia, gathered with Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of New South Wales and RSL acting president Ray James to remember and respect all those Australians that served during the Second World War.
Nearly one million Australians served in the armed forces during the second world war, with 27 000 killed in action, more than 23 000 wounded, and over 30 000 taken prisoner of war.
Photos: Marie Gittard