VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute

VJ Day 75: The Nation's Tribute



Today is the last major Second World War anniversary for a while,
in a year when such events seem to carry extra weight. Is it the personal isolation of lockdown, the looming uncertainty of Brexit or, perhaps, the sad knowledge that not many veterans will live to see the 80th anniversary? In May, some combination of those turned VE Day into a more fervent celebration than usual. Historically, VJ Day has never been as prominent, but this year, 75 years on from the end of the conflict, many will be keen to mark it.

The Nation’s Tribute comes from Horse Guards Parade, London, with narration from Joanna Lumley and performances or readings by Sheridan Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Paterson Joseph and Martin Shaw.


A spectacular event pre-recorded on Horse Guards Parade, telling the story of the campaign in the Far East that helped bring the Second World War to an end. Key moments of the conflict as it developed will be reflected through testimonies, readings and musical performances, and will also feature current serving personnel. The Duke of Cambridge will also give an address paying tribute to the veterans and the wartime generation, as the nation honours, thanks and remembers all those who sacrificed so much during the war. Narrated by Joanna Lumley.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Kate Shiers
Series Producer Rosheen Archer