Aug 15, 2015

By Bob Sheppard

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It was 70 years ago this weekend that World War II ended when the Japanese surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.

August 14th and 15th 1945 are known as “Victory over Japan Day” or “VJ Day.” Because of the time difference when the surrender occured, it was the 14th in North America, but already the 15th in Japan.

The formal signing of the surrender documents took place on September 2nd on the deck of the U.S. battleship Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay.

On Friday the mayors and city council members from Honolulu, Hawaii and Nagaoka, Japan joined the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet to lay wreaths and unveil a plaque in a ceremony at Pearl Harbour.

Queen Elizabeth along with her husband Prince Phillip and other members of the Royal Family attended a church service Saturday at St. Martin In The Fields that marked the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan.

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