Take a Pause for A Day in History

On May 8, 1945 the world embraced V-E Day (Victory in Europe) and while the Nazis had formally accepted defeat, the war itself was not yet over. Death and destruction continued to rage on in the East. And America turned all its attention to defeating Japan.

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Unofficially, V-J Day Turns 76

While the rest of the globe “officially” celebrate V-J Day on August 14 or 15 (that whole date-line thing), Americans don’t. Everywhere else, the day the Japanese announced their intention to surrender marked the end of the War in the Pacific.

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Remembering V-J Day with Honor

For the rest of the world, V-J Day is August 14-15 (depending upon which side of the date line you’re on). It marks the day Japan announced their surrender. In America the “Official” 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.

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V-J Day’s Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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.

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