While there are a few patriotic holidays that the majority of America celebrates, such as the 4th of July and Veteran’s Day, there are not many people who know about V-Jay Day. V-Jay Day, otherwise known as “Victory Over Japan Day,” recognizes the Japanese surrender after the long and harsh World War II.
Whether you are a war history buff or a person that just likes to celebrate the strength and longevity of America, here is all you need to know about National V-Jay Day!
A History of National V-Jay Day
WWII began when Japan made a surprising and devastating attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base that was stationed on Oahu. This attack happened on December 7th, 1941, just as the diminishing relationships of Japan and the United States were coming to an end. This led the United States to declare war on December 8th, just one day later. The war reached Europe when the Japanese allied with Adolf Hitler and Germany. The next few years were filled with war, explosives, invasions, and deaths.
National V-Jay Day is celebrated on August 14th because that was that exact date in 1945 when the Japanese surrendered to the allies. This action was effective in ending World War II after many years of fighting. V-Jay Day is also used for a September 2nd holiday because that date in 1945 is when a formal surrender took place on the U.S.S. Missouri.
National V-Jay Day became a holiday across the United States, but it is mainly celebrated in Rhode Island under the name “Victory Day”. With that said, there are many parades that go on across the nation on this day, including places like Seymour, Indiana and Arma, Kansas.
“V-J Day, or Victory in Japan Day, marks the date of the Japanese surrender that ended fighting in the Pacific.”
- Doc Hastings
How To Celebrate National V-Jay Day
The best way to celebrate National V-Jay Day is by attending a parade or celebration. See if you can find one in your area and take the family with you! You can also try visiting a WWII museum to learn more about the struggles of our soldiers during those tough times. One of the most famous WWII museums is in New Orleans.
If you use social media, make sure to hashtag #NationalVJayDay, so everyone can join in the celebrations and commemorate the brave men and women who endured one of the harshest wars the world has ever faced.
Surviving The Day That Lives In Infamy
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began a domino effect of retaliation, war, and prejudice. National V-Jay Day serves as a reminder that freedom is not free and that the state of the world as you know it could change at any time. Let this day serve as a reminder that you should always make yourself aware of history, so you don’t repeat it.
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National Creamsicle Day
With summer in full force, there is no doubt that you are on the constant hunt for something refreshing to take the heat away. A creamsicle is one of the best summertime treats with its citrus outside and creamy, vanilla center. The original Creamsicle was made by the Popsicle brand. It used flavored ice (initially only orange) which has now expanded to different flavors. To celebrate this day, go down to your local market and pick up a box of these for the family to enjoy! If you’re feeling crafty, you can make yourself a delicious low-fat Creamsicle Cake.