NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day)
National V-J Day on August 14th commemorates the day in 1945 when news broke around the world the Imperial Government of Japan would surrender ending a long a grueling world war. In Europe, the date was August 15 due to the time zone, but regardless the celebrations that broke out were no less zealous.
Since 1939, the entire world had been enduring the strife of war. The first rumblings began in 1937 but by the end of 1941, the United States would join the war they had vowed remain out of. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7th, 1941, the United States declared war and fully supported all fronts.
Throughout the war effort, military personnel and civilians stood together to make the next 4 years a united front. Victory in Japan and the rest of the globe was a final goal.
HOW TO OBSERVE #VJDay
Learn about the war in the Pacific. Tour Pearl Harbor or read accounts of the efforts. Use #VJDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL VJ DAY HISTORY
In the United States, President Harry S. Truman announced it in a press conference at the White House later that day. The peace treaty was officially signed on September 2, 1945. A year later on August 2nd, Truman signed a proclamation declaring August 14, 1946, as Victory Day.
NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY
National Creamsicle Day is observed annually on August 14. This is a day to enjoy this refreshing summertime orange and vanilla treat.
“Creamsicle” is a brand name of an ice cream treat consisting of vanilla ice cream on a Popsicle stick coated with an exterior of flavored ice with the original flavor being orange. Enjoyed the whole year round, the Creamsicle now comes in many flavors.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Following are a couple of Creamsicle recipes for you to enjoy!
Use #NationalCreamsicleDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we have been unable to find the origins of this holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings; yields 1 quart
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar over medium heat. Stir to a light yellow and well combined.
In a separate small pan add milk and warm over medium-low heat, until it begins to simmer. Do not stir.
Slowly add milk to egg and sugar mixture, stirring continuously.
Return to heat and bring to 165 degrees. Do not allow to boil.
Immediately remove from the heat.
Pour into airtight container and chill.
Once thoroughly chilled, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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