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The National WWII Museum Honors the Anniversary of V-J Day

15:00 September 01, 2020
By: Blake Anderson

President Truman addressed America: "This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when Fascism finally dies." On this day that he spoke of, the day of September 2, 1945, Japanese officials boarded the USS Missouri to surrender in World War II. According to BBC, the fighting in Europe had ended in May 1945, but many Allied soldiers were still fighting against Japan. The U.S. had dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, forcing them to surrender on August 14, 1945. V-J Day—or the Victory Over Japan Day—is celebrated on September 2, because this is when the final surrender documents were signed. This day marks the official end of World War II.

Join The National WWII Museum—virtually—as they pay tribute to the historical day that changed the world 75 years ago. The program will start at 11 a.m., and it will include an oral history compilation of WWII and the events that led up to the war. The National WWII Museum president and CEO, Stephen Watson, will give a speech, followed by an invocation with Chaplin RL Johnson III, LT, CHC, US Navy, Deputy Command Chaplin, and NAS JRB New Orleans. Then, enjoy a keynote speech with Richard Frank. To conclude the program at 7 p.m., a screening of the new Discovery Channel documentary Apocalypse '45, will be shown. This documentary recounts the end of World War II, with never-seen-before restored footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through these events. A panel discussion will be held at the end of the screening, featuring Rob Citino, filmmaker Erik Nelson, and best-selling author and Pacific War historian Ian Toll. A special guest, Hershel "Woody" Williams, will join the panel as well. Hershel Williams is one of the two last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipients; he received his medal for actions performed at Iwo Jima.

The cost to participate in the program is $12. The film will become available this evening, September 1, at 11:01 p.m. You will have four days and 23 hours to start watching the film after September 1. Once you begin the video, you will have seven days to finish it. If you are a World War II buff, you won't want to miss this event.

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