History: Celebrating the end of the Second World War

THERE are those that still remember the day traffic was forced to a standstill as the streets were flooded with people dancing and celebrating the end of the Second World War.

It has been 70 years since the monumental Victory in the Pacific Day on August 15, 1945, which will be commemorated by RSL LifeCare Villages across the Northern Rivers and New South Wales this week.

RSL LifeCare Villages general manager Matthew Ashby said it was a hugely significant day for all Australians in 1945, marking the surrender of Japan and formally ending six long years of war.

"Most of our residents will recall the spontaneous celebrations that erupted across the nation after the news of the surrender broke, and several of our veterans were directly involved in the Pacific campaigns," he said. "We are dedicated to honouring those who fought for our country during war time, and also to remembering those who did not return home.

"Our aim in commemorating anniversaries such as Victory in the Pacific Day is to ensure these milestones are never forgotten, and the sacrifice made by so many continues to be recognised."

While the day falls tomorrow it will be commemorated today at Fromelles Manor in Lismore, Patrick Bugden VC Gardens in Suffolk Park, Chauvel Village in Goonellabah and Ballina's Kokoda Village and Florence Price Gardens.

Activities include a "traditional" bacon and egg breakfast served by staff dressed in clothing from the period and to the backdrop of 1940s music, the nostalgic use of ration cards at meal times, "happy hour" with guests to "entertain the troops", a 1940s dance exhibition and big band music.