The Star Says: Older generations are example to all

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There were poignant scenes across the country on Saturday as we commemorated the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

Sheffield fell silent to remember the day World War Two finally ended.

Banners were raised on Saturday as wreaths were placed in Barker’s Pool in memory of the fallen.

The Last Post echoed across the square as ex-serviceman and Sheffield folk bowed their heads in remembrance.

VJ Day marks the day Japan surrendered to the allies after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The horrors of the war must still haunt those who lived through it.

Sadly as time passes by the first hand accounts from our brave servicemen, and everyone involved in the war effort, become fewer and fewer.

On the opposite page Gordon Smith, aged 95, from Rotherham tells how he watched the atomic bomb fall on Hiroshima.

Mr Smith was in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and a prisoner of war from 1942.

He recalls vividly how the plan flew overhead before releasing the bomb which changed the world.

Such memories are priceless and we’re sure Mr Smith’s family are immensely proud of him.

Another family who will share pride, if not a lot of sadness, will be relatives of Ted Jenkins MBE who has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer

Emotional tributes have been paid to Ted a ‘community hero’ who dedicated his life to helping others in his adopted home of Sheffield.

Ted, aged 72, of Kent Road, Heeley, was best known for his work with children, especially in the Herdings and Handsworth youth clubs where he ran scores of trips and events over four decades.

London-born Ted moved to Sheffield in 1968 and carried out selfless work with children in many parts of the city.

His sterling community work did not go unnoticed and he was awarded with an MBE in April 2000.

As we constantly look towards the future and how we can change or improve things the ceremony at the weekend is a reminder of what really matters.

VJ Day was brought about only by the most brutal means possible and it must be hoped that no one has to resort to such measures again.

Our older generations gave so much for us that we can never say thank you enough.