V-J Day – May The World Honor History By Not Repeating It

Aug 14th

What a beautiful morning!  I stepped out on the deck and took a moment to just breathe in the early morning air.  The sun was just starting to join the day, and in greeting was painting pink streaks across the horizon, barely visible above the treetops.  Not a leaf is moving, nor any of the birds.  There’s just the hush that always makes it feel like the world is taking a moment to just get ready for what’s in store for the day.  Isn’t God an amazing artist?  He gives us such glorious miracles each and every day – rain or shine, storm or calm – doesn’t matter.  It’s always a new and beautiful adventure.  (no, this isn’t a picture from my yard – but it is one you could get on any beautiful morning just a few blocks from here)

V-J Day – There is some confusion as to what exact day that WWII ended.  There are actually three logical choices, and as far as I am concerned, they should all be honored.  What an amazingly wonderful day to celebrate – the end of a horrible war!  Do you know why it’s called V-J Day?  It stands for “Victory In Japan Day” or “Victory Over Japan Day”.  The confusion over the exact date is was caused in part by President Harry S. Truman.  On August 14, 1945 the Japanese government cabled their surrender to the U.S.  This is the day of most modern observances.  On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world.  This started spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II.  On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.  At the time, President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day.  No matter what day you view as the actual day though, WWII was FINALLY over!

And now a little history:  The war in the Pacific was fought hard and very bloody.  The tide had definitely turned and the U.S. military was fighting island by island toward Japan.  Resistance was fierce and casualties were very high for both sides.  The U.S. had developed the atomic bomb.  The U.S. government, anxious to end the war and stop the loss of American lives, decided to take drastic measures and on August 6, 1945 the military dropped an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, to force Japan into an immediate and unconditional surrender.  They didn’t immediately surrender though.  They took some time to debate what to do, so the U.S. dropped a 2nd bomb on August 9, 1945, over the city of Nagasaki, Japan.  On August 14, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito cabled the U.S. their surrender, agreeing to the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.  That surrender was made official and formally documented aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

As a side note, the battleship USS Missouri was chosen for the formal surrender ceremony, because she was named for President Truman’s home state.  The USS Missouri is an incredible ship.  She used to be docked at the Bremerton, WA Shipyard, and tourists were allowed to board her and take tours.  When I was very young my parents took us on a tour and I still, even after all of these years, cannot describe the feeling of being so small.  At nine years old I felt a sense honor at the chance to walk those decks and be in that incredible place.  They moved the USS Missouri to Hawaii some years ago, and the space she filled will always seem empty when we drive by.  It’s sad to see her gone.

This Day In History

1945 – Japan surrenders, ending World War II.       
1953 – Get a whiff of this…the Whiffle Ball was patented on this day.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Creamsicle Day – Wow, this one brings back childhood memories.  I haven’t had a creamsicle for YEARS!  This is a delicious treat to enjoy on a hot summer day.  They melt quickly though, so you have to eat them fast!  A lovely combination of vanilla and orange, it just speaks tot he child inside of each of us.  One of my favorite, low fat treats on a hot day is to take fat free frozen vanilla yogurt and pour an orange Zevia soda (Zevia is sugar free, sweetened with non-chemical based erythritol and stevia – delicious, guilt free and it won’t hurt you!) over the top.  It tastes like a healthy creamsicle in a glass!  YUM!  Even though the original Creamsicle was a brand of frozen popsicle it has evolved to touch every market, from cupcakes to cocktails.  Experiment and come up with something wonderful of your own with that delicious flavor profile! It could become your new summer favorite.

 

What’s on your plan for the day?  I was going to head out to town and run some errands, but at the fuel prices going on, I just can’t justify a special trip into town when I am already halfway there when I’m at work, so I’ll take the extra time and go tomorrow night.  Today I get to bathe the dog!  I’m sure she’ll be as thrilled as I am.   And other household “puttering”.  I love this day, and I love doing all the home stuff.  It fills my heart with a happy glow.  Do something today to give yourself that happy feeling!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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