Happy V-J Day!

Sixty-six years ago, on August 14, 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan signed his acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration demanding unconditional surrender to the Allies. The surrender was announced in the United States at 7pm Eastern War Savings Time.

The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J Day (Victory in Japan), a day of celebration and thanksgiving.

Almost six years had passed since Germany had invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, beginning the most costly war the world had ever seen. Europe and Japan lay in ruins. Tens of millions of people had lost their lives in combat, bombings, and extermination camps. Very few families were unaffected by the war, even in the US, where only a small amount of bombs landed from a handful of shellings by Japanese submarines.

It’s hard for us to imagine the extreme jubilation that erupted sixty-six years ago today.

Take a moment today and imagine. Imagine the jubilation, the sense of relief that the horror was over, that you would survive, that those around you would survive, that you could go on with your life and pursue your dreams.

Take a moment today and give thanks. Thank the veterans, and nurses, and home front workers who made that victory possible. Thank the members of our armed forces today who continue to keep us safe. And thank the Lord for strengthening us and watching over us.

Take a moment today and celebrate!

3 Responses to “Happy V-J Day!”

  1. Rachel Pudelek

    My book ends with the European Victory Day, and it was such a fun scene to write! It was so many years ago, but writing about the absolute joyous occasion makes me wish I could have really been there. Not just in my imagination. 🙂

  2. Ed Meekins

    I have read all 3 of your books and they were excellent.Some parts made me laugh out loud and others were so moving, you felt what the caractors felt. I am looking forward to more from you.

  3. Sarah Sundin

    Rachel – that’s the fun of being a writer, isn’t it? You can kind of insert yourself in history without actually getting shot!

    Ed – thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you liked them so much. I do have another WWII series coming out, starting Fall 2012.