National V-J Day
After the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Nagasaki, Emperor Hirohito declared Japan’s acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration. Japan surrendered on the 15th of August 1945, marking the end to World War II. The official surrender ceremony didn’t take place until two weeks later. President Truman designated 2 September as the official VJ Day.
On both sides of the conflict, it is believed that 60-80 million people died in World War II. V-J Day is not just about the celebration of defeating the Japanese dictatorship, but also the commemoration of those who have lost their lives.
V-J Day can be referred to in many different ways. V-P Day is also known as Victory in the Pacific Day and Victory over Japan Day. It doesn’t matter how you refer to it, the important thing is that this is the day when Imperial Japan surrendered during the Second World War. This marks the end of war.
Surprisingly, the date of surrender can be considered on three dates. The 15th of August 1945 is the date that Japan announced its surrender. Due to time differences, it was actually the 14th August 1945 in some places, including the United States.
The date on which the surrender document was officially signed is also mentioned. It was September 2, 1945. This was the official end of the Second World War.
V-J Day can be celebrated at different times around the globe. The official US commemoration is on the 2nd September. The United Kingdom celebrates V-J Day, for instance, on the 15th August.
To understand the history behind V-J Day, it is necessary to dig deeper into the history and events surrounding the war. Both Nagasaki (Hiroshima) and Hiroshima were hit by the United States atomic bombs in 1945 on the 6th and 9th of August. On the 9th August, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. The Japanese government announced that it would surrender to the Potsdam Declaration conditions a day later on the 10th August.
Around the globe, celebrations began as soon as they learned that Japan was planning to surrender. Frenchmen and Americans marched on Champs Elysees in Paris and sang “Don‚Äôt Fence Me In”. A conga line was formed by allied soldiers on Regent Street in London.
Six days later, at noon Japan Standard Time on the 15th August, it was announced that Japan had agreed to the Potsdam Declaration. The announcement was made by Emperor Hirohito over the radio to Japan’s people. Celebrations around the globe exploded after the declaration was signed.
Life Magazine reported that the following was true about Americans celebrating Christmas:
It was “as though joy had been rationed for the three years and eight months and seven day period that ended Sunday, December 7, 1941.”
The declaration contained a variety of terms. These terms included the following:
“We don’t intend to enslave the Japanese as a race, or destroy them as a nation. But stern justice will be served on all war criminals, even those who inflicted cruelties upon our prisoners.”
“After being fully disarmed, the Japanese military forces will be allowed to return home with the chance to live peacefully and productive lives.”
“Japanese sovereignty shall not extend beyond the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, Kyushu or Shikoku, nor to any other minor islands that we may determine.”
V-J Day can be celebrated in many different ways. Many people celebrate V-J Day with their neighbours and their families by hosting street parties. People all over the globe enjoy this tradition. This is a great way to show your patriotic spirit and love for the country that you were born. Many people enjoy traditional foods and drinking, and hanging up banners and bunting with their national flags. There is no better excuse for a party than this!
V-J Day is not complete without paying respect to the fallen soldiers of World War Two. This day is marked by many memorials and marks honoring the fallen. It is important for us all to take a moment and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Some never return. It is a great way to learn more about the war, and the lives lost. Honor them and their families by learning more about these individuals and taking the time to reflect on them.
V-J Day is also a great opportunity to learn more about the war. There were many battles fought and many documents, books, and research papers about the war and its build-up. There is much to learn about the battles that took place over many years. You can enrich your knowledge to gain a better understanding about the experiences of the men and women of your country during this time.
Learn more about the Japanese surrender. The Battle of Okinawa was the first battle that saw the Japanese surrender. It began on April 1st and ended June 21st 1945. Over 117,000 Japanese civilians were killed in the battle. More than 82,000 Americans lost their lives during this conflict. A quarter of Okinawan’s civilian population died in the battle. Many people also died in the mass suicides the Imperial Japanese Army had orchestrated. The Potsdam Declaration was published a month later on the 26th July. Truman made the following statement to Japan:
“Surrender, or suffer prompt and utter ruin.”
The declaration was rejected at the time. However, as we know, it was accepted one month later.
V-J Day is more than just a victory. It is important to remember all the soldiers and civilians killed in battle as well as those who were innocently caught up in a terrible war. We salute you on V-J Day.