OBSERVERS gathered at Leek's war memorial to pay tribute to the 'Forgotten Army'.
Leek and Rudyard and Horton Royal British Legion members led a commemoration service and lay wreaths in memory of the fallen at the Nicholson War Memorial in Derby Street, Leek, to mark the 68th anniversary since Victory Over Japan Day (VJ Day).
VJ Day marked the end of the Second World War after the fall of Japan.
Leek town mayor councillor John Fisher was one of those who laid a wreath. He said: "It's absolutely appropriate that we remember those who sacrificed their lives in the Far East, because it's sometimes a forgotten victory.”
The service was led by the chairman of Leek Royal British Legion Geoff Robinson. He said: "It was a very good service and turnout. We decided to mark VJ Day as one of the five anniversaries that we commemorate throughout the year, in addition to Remembrance. This is an important anniversary to mark because this commemorates the final end of the war.
"We celebrate Victory In Europe on May 8 and everyone made a big thing of it at the time in 1945; we'd had five years of war.
"But there is a tendency to forget it was still going on and war for the Forgotten Army, as they're known, didn't end until August 15."