NATIONAL V-J DAY
National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) is observed annually across the country each year on September 2. The announcement of Japan’s surrender to the Allies during World War II was made on August 15, 1945. On September 2, 1945, the signing of the surrender document occurred, which was the official ending of World War II.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalVJDay to post on social media and spread the word about this important historical day. Post photos of friends and family who served in World War II to remind us of the great sacrifices that were made to maintain our freedom.
The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board of the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time President Truman declared September 2 to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States have celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th. The announcement that Japan had surrendered was on August 15th in Europe. However, due to the time difference, it was still August 14th in the USA.
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