Victory over Japan Day, observed on September 2 every year in the United States,
commemorates a turning point in World War II in favor of the Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and other countries), which marked the conclusion of the huge struggle.
It is widely recognized that the U.S. bombing of two major Japanese cities (Nagasaki and Hiroshima) with atomic weapons caused such a concentrated and huge loss of Japanese life that there was practically no possibility of a win for the island nation afterward.
HISTORY OF VJ DAY
According to a statement like, “I’m not a hero, I just did what anyone else would have done,” the word “ultimate sacrifice” has grown to seem hackneyed,
but we’re convinced it had a raw and personal power in the mid-20th century. It was unprecedented in American history.
Even though the First World War had been dubbed “the war to end all wars,” the Second World War claimed three times as many lives as the first (50-80 million souls lost in WWII, around three percent of the world population).
On the day that victory was officially announced, people were definitely filled with emotions and enthusiasm, to the extent that some V-J Day celebrations around the world resembled riots and even claimed lives in and of themselves.
However, the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere stood together. The good had beaten the bad.
Many popular television shows, as well as Hollywood films, and a slew of popular books and nonfiction books, continue to use the events of the European and Pacific Theaters of WWII as plot material today.
We’re going to assume that our readers are familiar with the events leading up to the United States’ entry into World War II,
from the Japanese kamikaze (conventional explosive) bombing of Pearl Harbor to the American landings on the beaches of Europe, where they sacrificed their lives and limbs in order to shackle the Nazi beast and gain ground, all the way to the end of the conflict.
Not to mention the enduring visuals. There are actually two extremely similar images taken by two different photographers of the same pair,
which were published in two different national publications, depicting the same couple at the Times Square public celebration on V-J Day. That’ll be covered in more detail in the near future.
However, let us all agree that the September 2 commemoration of V-J Day is not something to be taken lightly, considering the genuine sacrifices of war, and yet it should be a source of positive pride and a sense of relief that has been passed down through generations.
TRADITIONS OF THE DAY
Millions of people celebrated the conclusion of World War II with street parties and parades. People climbed traffic light poles and paper was flung from buildings like confetti. There was a slew of merry big bashes.
Celebrations are less exuberant now, but they are just as patriotic. Celebrations include wonderful food and drink as well as time spent with loved ones.
It’s not uncommon to see WWII-themed Hollywood films and documentaries on television, as well as opinion pieces and other media coverage.
All those who perished in the conflict have monuments and tributes erected in their honor. It is also a moment to learn about the events of WWII from all perspectives and reflect on them so that history does not repeat itself. V-J Day.If you read more like this page so you can visit TheActiveNews.Com