This Saturday, August 15 2020, marks 75 years since the end of World War II for Australia and the Kempsey RSL Sub-Branch is encouraging locals to mark the occasion and remember our history.
August 15 commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on August 14 1945. For Australian's, this meant the end of the Second World War.
President of the Kempsey RSL Sub-Branch Allan Wardrope said the day is one to remember and reflect.
"It was a very great day for Australian's because it meant the end of the war. But it was very expensive for us to get there, we lost so many young people during the Second World War," he said.
"We would ask locals to spare a thought, to stop and reflect on Saturday. To think of where we are now as a country and what we have achieved and to remember those who fought for our country."
Mr Wardrope said local sub-branch members were planning to lay a wreath to mark the anniversary, but will be attending a funeral instead.
"All members decided to attend the funeral of a local Vietnam veteran instead of holding a small wreath laying ceremony, but we will still be marking the day through remembrance and reflection.
"We should take the time to remember, and during this difficult time it's important to do that."
Almost one million Australians served during the Second World War. Some 40,000 Australians didn't return home to their families and over 17,000 lost their lives while fighting in the war against Japan. 30,000 Australian service men and women were made prisoners of war.
The Australian Government is also providing a commemorative medallion to living Second World War veterans who fought for their country.
Locals are also encouraged to visit Kempsey Museum on Saturday to view the World War II display, many of the items have kindly been donated by local families over the years. The museum will be open between 10am and 4pm.