Victory in the Pacific Day - 15 August

Victory in the Pacific Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, commemorates Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies on the 15 August 1945. It's a time for us to reflect on the important role that Australians played to end the conflict in the Pacific region.

The Territory was a vital asset in the defence against the Japanese in World War II and Darwin was the target of more than 64 air raids from 19 February 1942 to November 1943. More than 17,000 Australians lost their lives in the conflict in the Pacific.

Commemoration event

The Darwin Military Museum will be commemorating VP Day on Saturday 14 August 2021 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Entry will be free for all children under 16 years and the event will include:

  • Australian Defence Force static displays
  • United States Marine Corps static displays
  • United States Marine Corps fly-in
  • Light Horse/ Nackeroo re-enactment
  • World War II uniform and vehicle display
  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) security dog display
  • Flag raising and lowering ceremony – RAAF and Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) flags
  • Kids activities
  • BBQ

Sites of significance

There are many heritage sites of significance in Darwin and throughout the Territory as a result of the war.  The sites include ammunition bunkers, gun emplacements, airfields, oil storage tunnels, explosives stores and watch towers.

Veterans and family support

If you or someone else is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call:

  • Triple zero (000) if you feel like you may hurt yourself or someone else
  • Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046
  • ADF Mental Health All-hours Support Line on 1800 628 036
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14
  • 1800RESPECT, National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732

You can also find links to additional support on the Australian Government's Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

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