Across the United States, programs commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
World War II. Human history’s deadliest war involved over 30 countries and caused 50 (some say 85) million deaths. Coming just a few years after World War I (previously known as “The Great War” which had destabilized much of Europe), World War II emerged from unresolved issues, including German resentment over the Versailles Treaty, which would ultimately lead to the rise of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. For a time, German rearmament and aggression went unchecked, until the invasion of Poland prompted France and Britain to declare war against Germany, in accordance with their military commitments.
By 1940, war would be sweeping across Europe and shortly after, the “Final Solution” to exterminate Jewish people would be put into action in German-occupied territories, ultimately leading to over 4 million lives lost on death camps in the next three years.
The United States would enter the war in earnest following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the 7th of December, 1941. The surprise attack led to the deaths of 2,300 troops, and galvanized the nation against the Axis powers. The next few years would see victories and defeats on both sides, until key wins on various fronts ultimately lead to an Allied victory. The formal German surrender was made on May, 1945; that of the Japanese would come later in the year, following the devastating display of power and destruction of the United States’ atomic bombs. The Asian nation issued their formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri, then on Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd of September, 1945.
September 2 – 70 Years Later. September 2nd is “Victory over Japan Day” or V-J Day, the day World War II ended. In New Orleans, The National World War II Museum held a short V-J Day program, where a documentary was played for the crowd and president and CEO Gordon H. Mueller discussed the war and its legacy, and quoted from General Douglas MacArthur’s famous address following Japan’s surrender.
In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on board the ship-turned-museum, Battleship Missouri Memorial, a ceremony was held too. In attendance were over 400 veterans, service members, government employees, foreign representatives and civilians. The commemoration, which was also live-streamed, included addresses by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott H. Swift and Hawaii’s Senator Brian Schatz; a Navy gun salute; and musical performances.
We at Kemplon Engineering are one with the nation in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. May the world always remember the harsh lessons of this devastating conflict, and may we all work together toward a more peaceful future.
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