VJ Day commemoration held in Rothesay

The Very Rev Andrew Swift of St Paul's Church in Rothesay, chaplain to the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, leads the short VJ Day commemoration service at the town's war memorial on Thursday, August 15.
The Very Rev Andrew Swift of St Paul's Church in Rothesay, chaplain to the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, leads the short VJ Day commemoration service at the town's war memorial on Thursday, August 15.

The anniversary of the end of the Second World War was marked at a short ceremony at Rothesay’s war memorial on Thursday.

The service, held on the anniversary of VJ Day, the end of the war in the Far East, was organised and attended by members of the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

The service was led by the branch’s chaplain, the Very Rev Andrew Swift, who said: “We remember all those who gave their lives and who served, and who have given their lives and served in wars before and since.

“We come before God to place our sorrows and our hopes with Him.”

A minute’s silence followed a reading of the famous third verse from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem For The Fallen, promising that “We will remember them”, while local resident and Legion branch member Gordon Scott, a veteran of the Japanese campaign, read the Kohima Epitaph: “When you go home, tell them of us, and say: for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”