On this day… 19th August 1945

On this day… 19th August 1945

Following VJ Day, Sunday 19th August 1945 was declared a day of prayer and thanksgiving and services were held across the United Kingdom to mark the occasion.

A Service of Thanksgiving for Victory was held at Belfast City Hall with a reported 10,00 people in attendance (Picture courtesy of Belfast Telegraph).

The Governor, representing the King, was present along with the Prime Minister, members of the cabinet, chiefs of the services and the heads of the Protestant churches who shared in conducting the service.

Within the NIWM collection is a copy of the programme (NIWM:2020.2572) also pictured below.


A further service for British and Belgian forces was held at St. Patrick’s Church and memorial prayers were recited at Belfast Synagogue led by Rabbi J. Shachter.

Across Northern Ireland, similar services were held. A united service was held at St. Macartin’s Cathedral in Enniskillen, a drumhead service was held in Barracks Square, Omagh, followed by a parade led by the band of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles.

And in Larne a united service was preceded by a parade of council members, members of the Armed Services, Civil Defence and youth organisations to the town park.

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