It’s the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese forces in World War Two.
And in Vancouver Saturday, there is a special celebration commemorating the contributions of Chinese Canadian soldiers.
More than 600 of the 10,000 Canadians in the Pacific Theatre were Canadian-born Chinese.
But Canadian laws of the time — tinged with racism — denied them citizenship.
Event organizer – retired colonel Howe Lee – says that wasn’t enough to stop them serving the country they called home.
“Here we had Canadian born Chinese, in the hundreds, serve. And they were non-citizens fighting for a country that didn’t want them. And yet they were so loyal they served in our military.”
Surviving vets — many in their 90’s — were honoured in an event at the Chinese Cultural Centre.
There are also afternoon displays along Columbia Street in Chinatown — for anyone who wants to learn this lost chapter of Canadian war history.