Bromley’s Mayor commemorates VJ Day 2020

Published Thursday, 20 August 2020

Bromley’s Mayor, Councillor Hannah Gray, paid a visit to Biggin Hill Memorial Museum on Saturday 15 August to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the day when Japan announced its surrender to the Allies, bringing an end to the Second World War.

Addressing a small, socially-distanced, audience she offered prayers for VJ Day, for peace, and gave a reading from the Bible of Revelation 21.

During her address, the Mayor said: “We have come together on this day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. As we remember the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen who gave their lives restraining evil and opposing tyranny, so we also come in thanksgiving for the years of peace that the nations of the world have enjoyed since the Second World War. We gather joyfully today, as those who gathered on that first VJ Day, glad of each other’s company, and grateful for the laughter and love that follows times of sadness and loss.”

Afterwards, the Mayor went on to visit the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar – a restoration facility dedicated to putting Spitfires back in the air. There she was shown restored Spitfires, many of which are now in flying condition, as well as a 1940 Hawker Hurricane and Battle of Britain veteran Messerschmitt 109.

A video of the Mayor’s commemoration of VJ day 2020 can be found on her Facebook page at


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