To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific military pipers from Armed Forces of various nations played the lament When the Battle’s O’er at sunrise in their home country. It signified a new dawn, the moment nations woke up to peace.
Australian Army Musician David Leaders led this symbolic act at the Australian War Memorial, with the BBC covering the event.
Musician Leaders said it was a privilege to participate in such an important event which signified the end of one of the world’s largest conflicts.
“The Australian War Memorial is a special place and being able to play at dawn when it was empty was a great honour and a unique experience,” Musician Leaders said.
“There is no better location than the tomb on the Unknown Soldier, pool of remembrance and the eternal flame – it all represents what the commemoration is about.
“With COVID-19 restrictions, it’s good to see nations looking at initiatives like this one where we can still join together to remember such an important occasion.”
The anniversary of Victory in the Pacific is a chance to thank Australian World War II veterans for the sacrifices they made.
When World War II ended 75 years ago, allied soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory.
They brought an end to the war, they changed the course of history for the better, they liberated South East Asia and sadly many paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Australia’s contribution to that vast conflict was significant. From the rainforests of Papua and the seas of Java to the skies above the Pacific, some half a million people served and more than 18,000 lost their lives.