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(Via Daily Mail) The Queen led ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day today as hundreds of war veterans gathered in London for the historic occasion.
Britain paused to remember the millions killed during the Second World War, which raged on for months in the Pacific after Allied Victory in Europe.
As royals and politicians mingled with guests at ceremonies near Buckingham Palace, Navy veteran Jim Booth, 94, was seen dancing with the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla beamed with joy as she took to the floor with the war hero, from Taunton, Somerset, during a garden party which followed a service and wreath-laying ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church near Trafalgar Square.
Earlier veterans of the conflict and former prisoners of war joined the emotional ceremonies before walking through central London towards Westminster Abbey in a special parade.[…]
Actor Charles Dance read Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Road to Mandalay while classic British hymns such as ‘Abide with Me’ rang out.
Around 350 veterans and their families and carers later met with royals and the Prime Minister at a garden party hosted by the Royal British Legion in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.
The brave servicemen were met with applause when they arrived, with one of them joking: ‘Where’s the beer tent?’
Among the veterans was Gordon Smith, 95, who was a prisoner of war from 1942 and watched the atomic bomb explode over Hiroshima in 1945.
Mr Smith, from Rotherham, served in the Royal Electric and Mechanical Engineers and met Prince Charles at the event this evening, hailing the day as ‘marvellous’.
Speaking of that fateful day in 1945, he said: ‘We heard this plane. We went and had a look out and this plane was overhead and the next thing we saw something floating down.
‘We didn’t know what it was. It exploded in mid air and then there was a great big cloud like a mushroom. And that’s all we saw.’
Speaking about the commemorations, he said: ‘I think it’s been marvellous.’
Joseph Fisher, 93, from Newcastle, was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and hailed the day as ‘fantastic’.
He said the reception of the crowd during the parade was “unbelievable” and it brought a tear to his eye. ‘I never expected anything like that,’ he said.
He added: ‘It’s very important because you mustn’t forget what happened.’ (read more, including incredible imagery)