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What are your memories of Victory in the Pacific Day?

What are your memories of Victory in the Pacific Day?

Although this year marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day, many who lived through it still have lasting memories. 

On August 6, America dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, wiping out 90 per cent of the city. But it was the second nuclear bomb dropped three days later that would result in the Japanese surrender to the Allies. 

On August 15, 1945 the news was announced to Australia that World War Two was officially over. It was time for Australia to celebrate the end of six years of fear and uncertainty, and celebrate they did. 

But what memories of the day does that generation of people in the Barossa Valley have?

Ms Shirley Rohrlach of Angaston was just seven years old, but can vividly recall where she was at the time. 

“Some people have got memories that they just don’t forget, and I remember the day like it was just a few years ago,” she said. 

“I was at Mintaro Primary School at the time. We were boarding in the town because we lived on a farm five miles out of Mintaro, and you couldn’t get petrol in those days because there was petrol rationing.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.