VP Day

VP DayVP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on the 15th August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14th August, 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.

The following day, 15th August, is usually referred to as VP Day. In August 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day and most newspapers reported it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ and the name was surreptitiously changed later.


Source: ‘VP or VJ Day?; Wartime 21 (2003) 5.