Tomorrow marks the official day that commemorates the end of hostilities with Japan following its unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945, effectively ceasing World War II.
This year, remembrance is significant in that it celebrates 75 years since peace was bestowed upon the Earth.
Tony Coen from Pipe Band Tasmania tells Dave that tomorrow pe Bands Australia is recognizing the importance of commemorating the occasion and has invited pipe bands, groups of pipers and individual pipers to participate in a short rendition of well–known highland music plus a special and solemn tune to recognize the sacrifice of so many people.
The performances will take place simultaneously right across the Nation at the actual signing of the surrender time at 0930 hours for the performance of VP 75 – Lest We Forget, a tune specially written by Melbourne composer Mark Saul for the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. This makes the commemorative event a special occasion, not just for the players themselves, but also for members of the public who wish and are invited to attend and witness.
In Tasmania, pipe bands are gathering from around 0900 hours on Salamanca Lawns in Hobart and Trevallyn Dam in Launceston. Groups and/or individual pipers shall be at various places along the north west coast from Devonport Ferry Terminal to Spreyton, Penguin, Burnie, Smithton and Stanley and even Currie on King Island, with most venues being at War Memorials.