The men who fought against the Japanese, Slim's 14th Army, whose sacrifices many felt were overlooked at home, joined those who were imprisoned and suffered at Japanese hands, in a tribute to the wartime generation outside Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of Edinburgh surprised many of the thousands of veterans who thronged the Mall when, instead of taking the salute, he insisted on joining members of the Burma Star Association to walk in the march past. "We are no longer forgotten, " said Walford Hughes, 75, one-time sergeant- major and the Burma Star Association's national secretary.
The ceremonies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory over Japan, begun by a Lancaster bomber showering the crowds with thousands of poppies, were more solemn than those for VE Day in May.
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