West Leeds: Bramley will remember

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A special service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will take place at the Bramley War Memorial on Saturday.

Local people are being invited to attend the event in Bramley Park to mark Victory over Japan Day and remember the thousands of British troops who gave their lives throughout the conflict.

Lasting three years and seeing some 300,000 men taken prisoner, the conflict with Japan was the longest campaign of the Second World War but is rarely commemorated as widely as events in Europe.

People from Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley will shine a spotlight on those who fought against Japan, primarily in Burma, Singapore and Thailand, by attending the short service led by the Rev Paul Crabb.

The community is being invited to gather at 10.45am at the memorial, where a minute’s silence will be observed at 11am and a wreath will be laid in remembrance of those who gave their lives.

The group responsible for the service believes around 32 of those names listed on the memorial fought and died in conflicts in the Middle and Far East.

Coun Caroline Gruen (Labour, Bramley and Stanningley) said: “Each year we see commemorations of VE Day across Leeds, but perhaps VJ Day has not had the recognition it warrants.

“There is a strong feeling in Bramley that we want to remember all of those who fought in Second World War conflicts as we give thanks for their sacrifice.

“The service will be the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the strength of feeling local people have and I’m looking forward to seeing people from all faiths, or none, joining us.”