VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers

VJ Day 75: The Nation Remembers



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 Remembers, BBC1’s special programme this morning, centres on a live ceremony from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Sophie Raworth hosts, alongside Fergal Keane and Dan Snow. The Prince of Wales leads two minutes of silence at 11am. At 8.30pm, 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.


Sophie Raworth presents coverage of a special commemoration of the end of the Second World War, broadcast live from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. With contributions from Fergal Keane, Dan Snow and veterans of the conflict. The Prince of Wales will lead the two-minute silence at 11.00.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sophie Raworth
Contributor Fergal Keane
Contributor Dan Snow
Documentary History