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The 75th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of the Second World War

75th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of the Second World War

History

After almost six long years of fighting, the Second World War finally came to an end on 15 August 1945, when Japanese forces surrendered in Asia and the Pacific.

Victory over Japan (V J) Day was declared and large crowds gathered in Canada and around the world to celebrate the coming of peace and remember the tremendous sacrifices that had been made.

While the bulk of Canada’s military efforts in the Second World War were focused in Europe, our country also committed forces to the struggle against Japan in Asia and the Pacific. In fact, more than 10,000 Canadians served in that theatre of war.

Discover more about the service of Canadians in South East Asia and the Pacific.


A chapter in our history: become familiar with Canadian stories

Faces of Freedom

Explore the stories of those who served and sacrificed in South East Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War—the Faces of Freedom. Their faces tell the story and their legacy will live on.

Heroes Remember Interviews

Listen to the brave Canadians who fought for our peace and freedom. Explore our collection of video interviews to hear some of their personal stories.


Join the Conversation

We want you to join the conversation by sharing your personal anecdotes on V J Day and the end of the Second World War on social media this summer. Do you have a family member that served towards the end of the Second World War? A personal connection to V J Day? We’d love to hear from you.

Post a video on the social media platform of your choice using the hashtags #CanadaRemembers and #VJDay75 or #EndofSWW. Tell us who, how, and why you remember. Make sure to tag us—we might even share your story!

Follow us on social media as we honour the Canadians who have served our country.

Canada Remembers

Learn more about how you can remember those who served in South East Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War.

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Instagram

Follow us on Instagram for interesting pictures on remembrance and more, including updates on new commemorative activities.

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Twitter

Follow us on Twitter for the latest information on services to Veterans, remembrance information and media releases.

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Virtual Events

15 August 2020 commemorative ceremony

Join us through the Canada Remembers Facebook page, where we will livestream a wreath laying ceremony from Halifax, to mark the 75th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of the Second World War.

Following the ceremony, the livestream will include the unveiling of the 2020 Veterans’ Week poster.

Dominion Carilloneur

At 12:00 PM ET, the Dominion Carilloneur, will play a special tolling from the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, which can be listened to, through the House of Commons webpage.


Learn more!

Looking for interesting, educational activities for you and your class? Look no further! By using our free online learning activities, you can learn more about the Canadian contribution to V-J Day and the end of the Second World War.

The home learning corner is a new feature to help youth (and parents) learn more about Remembrance and Canadian military history during these challenging times. The activities in this section are derived from existing lesson plans found on our website and are presented in a simplified way.

Home Learning Corner - Victory over Japan (V-J)

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