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VE / VJ Day Anniversary Programme

Aberdeen is set to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 combat in Europe and Japan with a series of events for veterans, their families and the wider community.

Included in the programme being organised by the City Council to mark VE and VJ days and to pay tribute to those who played a part are a major parade down Union Street, and two afternoon tea events.

If you or a close member of your family were involved in the war effort and you would like to take part, organisers are keen to hear from you. Simply fill in the application form to let us know which event/s you might be interested in.

The parade on Saturday, June 11, will involve hundreds of representatives from uniformed organisations, including serving military personnel, local youth organisations, emergency services as well as veterans groups from all sectors of the armed forces. The Council is asking that anyone with an interest in being involved should let them know. Seating will also be reserved for those who wish to attend but not to march.

Organisers will make every effort to involve as many people as wish to take part - anyone with limited mobility is asked to make that clear when returning the form or getting in touch by phone.

Lord Provost John Reynolds will take the salute from the Town House balcony as the parade passes. It will be followed with an open air ecumenical service at Castlegate, which will include a one minute silence and a celebration of peace.

The date also coincides with the annual Aberdeen Military Show at Gordon Barracks, Bridge of Don, which will see a number of military personnel in the city already.

Afternoon teas are being held to mark VE Day on Sunday, May 8, and for VJ Day on Monday, August 15 at the Beach Ballroom. These events are aimed at residents of Aberdeen who experienced World War Two. As these events are funded through the Common Good Fund, they are open to residents of Aberdeen city only.

Concert party-style entertainment is planned, and a range of photographs and other memorabilia will be on display. A commemorative medal will also be struck and presented to guests on these days.

The council is also working with the Gordon Highlanders Museum on a programme of activities.

The museum recently announced it has been successful in attracting a prestigious touring exhibition Their Past Your Future, from the Imperial War Museum which will be housed at Gordon Barracks and explores the themes of commemoration, conflict and citizenship.

Anyone who would like to take part in the parade and/or the afternoon teas is asked to fill in the form (*) and return to:

Joan Bell,
Civic Administration Section,
Legal & Democratic Services,
3rd Floor, Town House,
Broad Street,
Aberdeen
AB10 1AQ.
Email: jobell@legal.aberdeen.net.uk by April 25 2005. Forms are also available from The Point customer services centre beside St Nicholas House, Broad Street.