AT 12:30 on Saturday (Aug 15) a small group of veterans and VIP guests including Nia Griffith MP and former Lord Lieutenant, David Mathias gathered to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
Victory over Japan Day is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end. The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – August 15, 1945, in Japan, and because of time zone differences, August 14, 1945 – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the surrender document was signed, officially ending World War II. August 15 is the official V-J Day for the United Kingdom.
The parade would usually have been much larger but the Chair of the Llanelli Veterans Association, Bob Thomas explained that they had to adhere to rules on gatherings.
94-year-old Idwal Davies made the trip to be at the parade. He said it was more important than ever to take the right road and give public service.
The parade began at 01:00 with a march from the rear of Llanelli Town Hall to the war memorials where veterans and guests placed wreaths.
Reverend Eldon Phillips gave prayers before the standards were carried for Exhortation and the Last Post.
Following a minute of silence Reverend Phillips offered a final prayer.
The national anthems were played before the veterans were dismissed.
At neighbouring Pontarddulais similar scenes were taking place with the help of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.
Pics. Jess Hughes