Item BCA - 2017.473 - VJ Day Journal August 15th 1945

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VJ Day Journal August 15th 1945


  • August 15th 1945 (Creation)

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The Anniversary Journal was produced 50 years after VJ Day and was made possible by Anchor tenants’ enthusiastic response to an appeal for wartime reminiscences. Anchor Housing is the largest non-profit making provider of housing and care for older people. Sir Hugh Cubitt is chairman of Anchor Housing and wrote: - “It was said of the First World War that only those who were there could comprehend the full horror of it all and the same surely applies to the World War Two conflict in the Far East. The suffering was indescribable, not just in the heat of combat but in the battle against the elements, the fauna, the disease and the deprivations of the infamous concentration camps. This war was most unpalatable, the sort of thing that offends our sensibilities and, perhaps in part, this is why those who fought it continue to be known as the “Forgotten Army”. By publishing this newspaper Anchor – whose tenants all came through the war years – is not seeking to rake over old coals. It is 50 years since VJ-Day. The world and many of its people have changed dramatically since then. Yesterday’s foes are today’s friends and we must continue to build on that. But it would be utterly disloyal and disrespectful to look forward without looking back at those whose suffering and sacrifice made it possible. This newspaper is Anchor’s contribution to keeping alive the memory of some of the bravest men and women this nation has ever produced. If, in another 50 years, one child pulls a copy of this from the family souvenir chest and shows it to schoolpals, then it will have served its purpose. For it will mean that someone, somewhere, will still be keeping alive the memory of the “Forgotten Army”.

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