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Aug 14, 2012

World War II Memorial Day or V-J Day.

Celebrate the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II when we recognized the World War II generation, both veterans and those on the home front and honor the sacrifices of veterans who fought and were lost in World War II.

Originally known as World War II Memorial Day, the day is now known as Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day.  It was a nationally recognized holiday, but it has since been removed because of the nature of the war's ending, following the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945.  Due to the devastating ending of the war, critics argue the name is insensitive to the Japanese.

WWII officially ended Aug. 15, 1945 when Japan surrendered, but because of the time zone difference, the United States was informed of the victory on Aug. 14. There was quite a celebration all over the country as you can see on this Archive Newsreel August 14, 1945 Newsreel V-J Day 

Each of the 4,048 gold stars represents 100 Americans who died during the war
used with permission by flickr user dbking

To read more click the following links:
Dad's Story August 6th, 1945  60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Jul 27, 2012

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Korean War Memorial Washington, D.C. Connecticut Bloggers
Korean War Memorial Washington, D.C.
Connecticut Bloggers'
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marks the anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, which honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces on the Korean Peninsula from June 1950 to July 1953.

This is also the anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation of July 27, 2010 as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day by President Barack Obama.

At the Arlington National Cemetery, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. spoke during the wreath laying and remembrance ceremony held at the cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memorial Amphitheater.

This day, he said, is a time to honor and remember “those whom we lost, those who are still missing, and those who came home and are here today, whose efforts along the 38th Parallel, and along the Korean Peninsula six decades ago, helped prevent the spread of tyranny.”

Winnefeld pointed out the impact of the Korea War on Americans, as he said many “with no personal connection to this struggle” have walked around the “spine-tingling” Korean War Memorial and felt the presence of the 50,000 Americans who died in the conflict.

“For every warrior who served, there is a precious set of memories...inspiring us all to recommit ourselves and to ensure that those who served in this so-called ‘forgotten war’ are never forgotten,” he said.

If you or someone in your family served in the Korean War, tell me about them in the comments below.

Source American Forces Press Service
Photo Creative Commons by Connecticut Bloggers
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Chosin - The Korean War 
Battleship U.S.S. Missouri  

1953 This day in history Armistice ends the Korean War

edited  7/27/2017