Hastings District Highland Pipe Band join global commemoration of Victory in the Pacific Day on August 15

SOULFUL SONG: Hastings pipers Jenny McKenzie, Terry Crossley, Gerry Burnett (far right) and Jim Turnbull.
SOULFUL SONG: Hastings pipers Jenny McKenzie, Terry Crossley, Gerry Burnett (far right) and Jim Turnbull.

The bagpipes will sound from Tacking Point over Port Macquarie as the Hastings District Highland Pipe Band commemorates Victory in the Pacific.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of VP Day or Victory over Japan Day on August 15.

The occasion is commemorated as the date which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War 2 bringing the war to an end in 1945.

Hastings pipers will be participating with the traditional tune 'The Battle's O'er' and other favourites at Tacking Point Lighthouse from 9.30am on Saturday, August 15.

Members of the public are invited to the lighthouse to be a part of this special commemoration event which will be recognised across the world.

VP Day has special significance for band secretary Terry Crossley, who is currently seeking his father's war record from World War 2.

"I don't remember much about the war in the Pacific, but my father Jim was there. He was an Royal Australian Air Force navigator and I'm trying to figure what he did," Mr Crossley said.

"I've written to Canberra to find his service record. I believe he served in the Pacific and I have pictures of him in Egypt as well.

"I don't know what he did, what squadron he was with or anything like that."

They will also move to the Port Macquarie Cenotaph in the town's CBD for a service conducted by the RSL Sub Branch from 10.45am on Saturday, August 15. Attendees are advised to social distance.

Band spokesperson Jim Turnbull said members of the public can come down to see the sunrise and enjoy the music.

"We'll be there and people can listen if they want to," he said.

"It's a military commemoration and pipe bands across the world are of the military relationship so we tend to commemorate with them.

"We've held a Victory in Europe commemoration at North Brother (mountain) earlier this year."

Pipers, drummers, buglers, trumpeters, cornet players, town criers and churches take part in the commemoration around the world.

The first pipes start in New Zealand and end in Hawaii some 22 hours later.

This story Pipers to play for VP Day anniversary first appeared on Camden Haven Courier.