Saturday, August 14, 2021
Last year, the planned commemorations for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day were hugely compromised by the coronavirus pandemic.
The weekend of 14th and 15th August has been chosen to mark the 76th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Japan and will be commemorated as people come together to remember the heroism and suffering of their forbears, many of whom have now passed out of living memory.
Saturday 14 August 2021
Lichfield Cathedral – a service is planned at Lichfield Cathedral to start at 2.00 p.m. and finish around 3.00 p.m. Tea and coffee will be served in the transept aisles for all COFEPOW members and their guests.
Dinner at the Aspects Conferencing Suite, NMA, will commence at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. There will be a three-course meal, the price of which is yet to be negotiated, but hopefully will fall in line with the costs we obtained in 2019. Dinner will be followed by tea and coffee.
We are delighted to have secured Jon Cooper, as an After Dinner Speaker. Jon is a battlefield archaeologist who has spent many years researching Singapore’s wartime history, which culminated in the launch of the Adam Park Virtual Battlefield Museum and the publication of ‘Tigers in the Park’. Now a Researcher/Lecturer and PHD student at Glasgow University, Jon is investigating the role of Scottish regiments in Singapore, sourced primarily through adjutants’ paperwork.
Sunday 15 August 2021
The AGM will be held in the Aspects Conferencing Suite at the NMA at 10.30 a.m. This should terminate around 12.00 noon and a service at the FEPOW Building with the laying of wreaths will follow at around 12.30 p.m.
Lunch will be held in the Aspects Conferencing Suite at 1.30 p.m. Similarly, we are as yet unable to confirm prices for the 2-course lunch but, again, expect to negotiate a similar rate to that achieved in 2019. This will be followed by tea and coffee, with local historian and professional genealogist, Keith Oseman, providing a fascinating talk on the ‘Hope Robinson Letters’.
Due to Covid-19, Chris Wills is only accepting provisional bookings and will not be taking any payment for the meals until it’s known what’s happening with the pandemic. When it has been decided if the event will go ahead, she will contact members who have already been in touch with her, to update them and, if appropriate, to ask for payment at that time.
If you would like to make a provisional booking and would like to attend one or all of the events, please contact Chris Wills, 74 The Greenway, Sutton Coldfield B73 6SG, or telephone 0121 244 7263, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what you would like to attend and how many places would be required.