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V-J Day: 65 years ago

On 15 Aug 1945, Japan’s emperor broadcasted to his people the surrender of Japan via radio all over Japan.  This was the first time that most of his subjects heard about the dire straits facing Japan and their war effort against the United States.  The emperor explained that “the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage,” and that “the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb.”
For three and a half years Japan had been locked in an all out war with the United States.  Their imperial navy once the pride of the Empire of Japan was decimated after years of war.  It was no longer a factor and Japan knew that invasion was inevitable. 
You can read more about the days that led up to Japan’s surrender here.

Below is a pretty good video that provides us with some perspective from a veteran of World War II on that day.

We live under an umbrella of freedom because of the men and women that stood up and confronted tyranny throughout history and beat it back in the name of liberty.  Many lost their lives so that we might enjoy a future that offered peace and prosperity for all Americans.  It is our responsibility to never forget this.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Matt August 15, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Thanks to all the vets, living, and deceased, that made the victory possible. As it turns out, it was only the bomb that made the victory possible.

  • John Carey August 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Matt. I agree, the bomb did force their hand.

  • Maggie Thornton August 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    That is a inspiring video, and what a great looking couple they are, especially for their ages.

    When he says the Flag kept the Marines going, and he still flies one every day at their home, it is heart warming. For every one of the idiots who defile the Flag we have at least 100 more like this proud warrior. Nice post John and so important to know about and remember.

  • John Carey August 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Thanks Maggie. The video touched me. These were brave souls that believed in that values of this great nation and loved America. How I wish this type of character was common place today.

  • Trestin August 16, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    One has to wonder what the average Japanese person thought. They had been taught to view their emperor as a god, now he was surrendering. It's amazing that there were not more insurgents like we see today.

  • Steve Dennis August 16, 2010 at 4:50 AM

    Great video! We must never forget what these men and women did for us and continue to do for us. It is because of them and them alone that we are able to live our lives free from tyranny!

  • John Carey August 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    I think part of the reason there were no insurgents Trestins is because after years of war and two atomic bombs they had had enough.

  • John Carey August 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Amen to that Steve! These were people of incredible character.