V-J Day is August 14-15 (depending upon which side of the date line you’re on) for the rest of the world. It marks the day Japan announced their surrender. Officially in America V-J Day is September 2, when Japan signed the surrender documents. In 1995, President Clinton referred to the 50th anniversary of American’s official day as “the end of the Pacific War” rather than V-J Day.Continue reading “Remembering V-J Day with Honor”
Have you ever heard the expression V-J Day? Up until recently, I hadn’t. I knew it had something to do with the war, as in World War II. V-J Day meant Victory over Japan Day. On August 14, 1945, the news broke around the world that the Imperial Government of Japan would agree to surrender. In Europe, it was August 15th due to the International Date Line. Regardless of which side of the date line you were on, celebrations broke out across the globe with zealous fury. The war was coming to an end.