What does that date mean to you?
Today, September 2, 2015, is the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Though the Japanese had ceased fighting on August 15th, the official surrender didn't come until nearly a month later. It was signed aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
September 2nd and August 15 both may be known as V-J day, Victory in Japan.
A young sailor celebrating
While researching WWII, and more specifically the end of the war, I came across this well-known photo and the many different stories behind it. I read that the nurse was the sailor's girlfriend. I read that everyone was so happy because the war was over, and the nurse was walking by when the sailor grabbed her and kissed her.
Amongst all the stories and possibilities, I found a book "The Kissing Sailor". It uncovers the secrets behind the picture and tells who these two are. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to and when I do I'll write a book review post on it as well. :)
Below are a few random WWII pictures.
Medics tending an injured soldier at the Battle of Normandy
A young German soldier
Sadly, less than five years later America became engulfed in another war; the Korean War (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953). We have been in multiple wars since and are at war now.
Thank you for reading today and I hope you enjoyed it! Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. :)