The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1995Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Comments on the VJ-Day Commemorations – 28 June 1995

Below is the text of extracts of Mr Major’s comments on the planned August 1995 VJ-Day commemorations, made on 28th June 1995.


I talk from time to time to veterans of the Far East campaigns, and when I do, I recognise that there is often a concern. A concern that perhaps the remarkable contributions they made are sometimes overlooked, perhaps forgotten. The forgotten fourteenth army or the forgotten Pacific fleet. By May 1945, the war in Europe was over, but for a further three months there were many thousands of British, Commonwealth and allied forces that fought on.