Thousands gather for ceremony marking 65th anniversary of V-J Day

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Clutching a wooden cross decorated with a poppy, two-year-old Alice Bruce yesterday joined thousands of mourners in remembering those killed fighting the Japanese during the Second World War.

The youngster laid her tribute at the Cenotaph in London where Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prince of Wales were among those commemorating the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.

Alice came with her family to honour her great grandfather Pte Frank Bruce, of 2nd Battalion the Gordon Highlanders, who died as a prisoner of war in 1943 while building the Burma Railway.

Scores of veterans, many wearing their campaign medals, converged on Whitehall to attend the service and remember their 30,000 British comrades killed during the conflict.

The ceremony, organised by the Ministry of Defence and the Burma Star Association, began with prayers, followed by the Last Post played by The Buglers of The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines....

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