Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific with the 1945 Japanese surrender and the end of World War 2 in the Asia/Pacific theatre of war.

The Adelaide commemorative service was held at the South Australian National War Memorial on Saturday 15th August 2020. Invited guests and a small public audience paid their respects. The Governor and Premier attended along with RSL State President and political and services representatives. Ex-service and kindred organisations were well represented. Master of Ceremonies Ian Smith and Chaplain Joshua Bouzanquet officiated and the Ode was recited by Loxton High School student Miss Tabitha Zdanowicz. The Royal Australian Navy Band SA provided the music and the Australian Defence Force provided the tri-service catafalque party and flag party. Musician Emma Knights and vocalist Rebecca Raymond enhanced the service. The commemoration was made possible by contribution by Veterans SA, the State Government, City of Adelaide, Department of Defence and RSL South Australia.

Commemorative Event Links

Commemoration Service Video

Adelaide Service Program

Premier's Video Message

Adelaide VP Day Poster pdf

Adelaide VP Day Poster jpeg

ANZAC Portal VP Day Posters Navy, Army, Air Force, Homefront

Research & General Interest

Virtual War Memorial Australia Australian servicewomen and servicemen; family input of stories and photographs

ANZAC Portal Information and resources

South Australian Commemorative Calendar 2020 Anniversaries and commemorations

DVA Nominal Rolls Basic service personnel details for four conflicts

Army Museum of South Australia Keswick Barracks, Adelaide. Open to the public on Sundays when permitted.

South Australian Aviation Museum Port Adelaide, South Australia

National Military Vehicle Museum Edinburgh Parks, South Australia

Australian War Memorial Canberra, ACT. Records, collections, interactive displays

Japanese Instrument of Surrender - Wikisource

Japanese Instrument of Surrender - Wikipedia

Veterans SA is collecting stories and memories from the end of World War 2 from the South Australian community and would love to showcase commemoration activities from across the state. If you host a Victory in the Pacific Day commemoration please send any photos to


Crowds fill Adelaide streets, King William Street and North Terrace intersection