Cry for Peace to mark 75th anniversary of VP Day

Picture: Rachel Mounsey
Picture: Rachel Mounsey

When Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day dawns on Saturday, August 15, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent, bringing to an end World War II.

The Cry for Peace around the world is an international commemorative event taking place to mark the VP Day anniversary.

Alan Moyse has held the voluntary position of official Town Crier for the Bega Valley Shire since 2015 and will be delivering the Cry at the Eden Services Memorial in the park off Calle Calle Street in Eden at 11.05am.

"This particular cry is one that is going around the whole world, there's a lot of us getting in on the act," Mr Moyse said of his fellow town criers.

"We are not trying to glorify war as such, it's a cry for peace - war is an incredible waste, but it's important to commemorate and remember, rather than to celebrate and glorify.

"Eden have supported me a lot, the Eden Chamber of Commerce were a major sponsor recently, facilitating me participating in an international competition in Echuca."

Here ye here ye: Town crier Alan Moyse in action during a cruise ship visit to Eden. Picture: Toni Houston

Here ye here ye: Town crier Alan Moyse in action during a cruise ship visit to Eden. Picture: Toni Houston

The official instrument of surrender was signed in Tokyo on September 2, 1945, after years of carnage and destruction had come to an end, and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate the peace, mourn the lost loved ones and to hope for the future.

The end of the war in the Pacific was particularly poignant for Australia, with war raging literally on our doorstep.

The Australian mainland was bombed on 97 occasions resulting the death or wounding of many civilians and military personnel. Sydney was attacked by midget submarines.

In May 1943 the Australian hospital ship Centaur was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of almost 270 lives. The New Guinea campaign saw some 7000 Australian troops killed.

In a media statement, the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers said "the freedom that we as a nation enjoy today is due directly to the tenacity and courage of those men and women that served in all three branches of the armed services".

"Add to that the citizenry of our country who served as air raid wardens, joined the land army, worked in munitions and manufacturing pants to keep the war effort and country going.

"They deserve our admiration and respect, and that is why on 15 August 2020, starting in Australia and New Zealand, we will once again see Town Criers in their roles as ambassadors for their cities, towns and regions deliver the Cry For Peace to solemnly commemorate this important day in Australia's history."

Mr Moyse described himself as "a mobile PA system who doesn't need electricity and rarely breaks down".

"I have delivered cries to welcome cruise ship passengers, at Christmas on Imlay, the Bega Show, the Jazz Festival in Merimbula, to name a few.

"I can hit 96 decibels, the record is 103 decibels, I'm louder than a chainsaw - people will definitely be able to hear me."