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Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 1945 was declared Victory in Europe Day (or VE Day), marking the end of World War II with the surrender of the German troops.

For years the Axis powers, specifically Germany, terrorized many countries and were responsible for the loss of countless lives.  Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi troops and Third Reich, committed suicide on April 30, 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, just days before the formal surrender occurred.

Joyous celebrations took place all over Great Britain and the United States on May 8, with people putting out flags and banners commemorating the conclusion of the brutal war and the end of the Nazi Reign of Terror.

Sources: History, Wikipedia

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed on December 7 to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and remember those who were injured or lost their lives as a result. To honor those who died, the American flag is flown at half-mast. Other activities performed to honor the victims of the attack include memorial services, wreath-laying ceremonies, media stories and specials on the attack, and school activities that educate students about the Pearl Harbor attack and its relation to World War II.

The attack on Pearl Harbor, located in Hawaii,  was made by the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II. It came as a complete surprise to Americans, who had yet to enter into the war. Though the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed all eight of the U.S. Navy battleships and some of the other vehicles and aircraft at the Pearl Harbor naval base in order to prevent the U.S. from interfering with Japan’s military actions in Southeast Asia, the attack actually escalated the war.

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared December 7 “a date which will live in infamy” and called for a declaration of war on Japan. Within an hour after President Roosevelt’s speech, Congress had formally declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II.

Learn more about the attack on Pearl Harbor at history.com.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Timeanddate.com, History.com

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VJ Day – September 2

September 2 is Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day!

September 2 marks the anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Japan’s surrender effectively ended World War II, the most devastating global conflict in history.

VJ Day is also celebrated on August 15, the date Japan announced its surrender, or because of time zone differences, August 14, the date Japan’s surrender was announced worldwide.

Did You Know…Rhode Island is the only U.S. state that  recognizes VJ Day as an official holiday.  Officially named Victory Day in Rhode Island, the holiday is observed on the second Monday of August.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org, history.com
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