THIS Saturday may mark 75 years since Victory in the Pacific was achieved and the end of World War II, but there will be no official service in Orange due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 15, 1945 was Victory in the Pacific Day, or VP Day, and it marked the end of fighting in the Pacific, even though victory was declared in Europe in May of the same year.
For many Australians VP Day meant the Second World War was finally over.
The war had lasted for six years, 1939 to 1945, and during that time more than 39,000 Australians were killed.
Orange RSL Sub Branch president Chris Colvin said it was very disappointing that the COVID-19 pandemic meant VP Day could not be marked with an official service.
It's so disappointing that we can't do a service, Anzac Day was just so frustrating.Orange RSL Sub Branch president Chris Colvin on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on services
"It's so disappointing that we can't do a service, Anzac Day was just so frustrating," he said.
"We as a sub branch decided we won't be holding a service because we can't guarantee numbers. We've erred on the side of caution."
Mr Colvin said a very small number of RSL sub branch members will attend the cenotaph at Robertson Park at 11am on Saturday to remember those killed in the war.
"We will lay a wreath and the bugler will be there to play the Last Post," he said.
While disappointed there will be no public event for people to attend, Mr Colvin said it was necessary under the circumstances.
"If this is what we've got to do to contain it [the virus] then so be it," he said.
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