THE First Minister has paid tribute to all those who died during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Nicola Sturgeon said people should be inspired by the “idealism” of those who fought in the war and should also commit to creating a “better, fairer and more peaceful world”.

Today marks 75 years since Japan surrendered to the Allied forces on August 15, 1945, ending hostilities.

The Red Arrows are due to fly over Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London – the first time such a flight has taken place since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Scotland’s Veterans Minister Graeme Dey will join a number of former and serving members of the armed forces to observe a two-minute silence on the steps of St Andrews House, the Scottish Government building in Edinburgh.

Legion Scotland is holding an online service of remembrance and a concert.

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Ahead of the anniversary commemorations, Sturgeon said: “It was on this date in 1945 that the conflict in the Far East ended and World War Two came to a close.

“In marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, we remember everyone – the soldiers and civilians on all sides – who paid the ultimate price during the conflict.

“We think of those who served in the armed forces – from across Scotland, the UK, the Commonwealth and the other allied nations.

“We remember the pain and suffering of those who spent years in prisoner of war camps.

“And we reflect on all those who contributed to the war effort on the home front – and the sacrifices they made.

“Together, they ensured the freedoms that we enjoy today. And all of us should be inspired by their service, resilience and bravery – as well as by their idealism – their determination to create a better world in the aftermath of the war.

“So on this 75th anniversary, let us pay tribute to our World War Two generation.

“Let us thank all those who have served – or are serving – in our armed forces.

“And let’s commit ourselves – once again – to helping create a better, fairer and more peaceful world.”

Legion Scotland will be issuing medallions in honour of those who made a contribution to the war effort.

The charity’s chief executive Claire Armstrong said: “Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of armed forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East.

“This campaign saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War and in some of the harshest conditions, with many thousands of British and Commonwealth forces and civilians being taken as prisoners of war, enduring terrible mental and physical trauma.”