“We remember as we need to be reminded of what the human spirit can achieve,” Stock said.
Although the Japanese leader said he felt profound grief at the country’s role in the war, he has been harshly criticised by South Korea and China, which said Japan had not properly atoned for its part in the war.
Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea, said Abe’s words left much to be desired.
Other UK places which had announced remembrance services for Saturday included Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire, Centenary Square in Birmingham, St Thomas’s Churma Burma Star memorial in Newcastle and Carlisle Castle.
Speaking to the BBC on Saturday morning, Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the importance of honouring the memory of the thousands that died serving their country to preserve freedom.
He said: “I think it’s also particularly important perhaps, this anniversary, where so many of the participants are now such a great age.
“I’m going to be laying a wreath with a 97-year-old hero from those times. I think it’s very poignant and right that we’re doing this.”