A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Cenotaph, Martin Place in Sydney to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day. Those attending included the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir AC, CVO and Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell.
The ceremony took place at 11am on Wednesday, 15 August.
VP Day is also known as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.
A minute’s silence was held after the bugler played the Last Post. The Last Post is a call sounded at 10pm each evening to inform the soldiers that they should be inside their quarters for the night. It signifies the end of the days activities and a period of rest and calm.
Government officials and those representing different associations and veteran groups laid wreaths at the Cenotaph. Red roses were available for those attending to place with the wreaths.
The Ceremonial Parade Band of the Sydney detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band played at the VP commemoration service.
The Navy website reports that more than 27,000 young Australians were killed or died as prisoners of war during World War II.