Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday Travel - Official End of WWII

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward


Did you know that today in 1945 is the Offical End of  World War II............. really? this is what my new pocket calendar says. I googled and read but I didn't find any reference to WWII ending on December 31, 1945 or any other year in December ...............

Checking with the Wikipedia on World War II it states: "The start of the war is generally held to be 1 September 1939, beginning with the German invasion of Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. The exact date of the war's end is also not universally agreed upon. It has been suggested that the war ended at the armistice of 14 August 1945 (V-J Day), rather than the formal surrender of Japan (2 September 1945); in some European histories, it ended on V-E Day (8 May 1945). However, the Treaty of Peace with Japan was not signed until 1951, and that with Germany not until 1990.

Veterans Day is observed in the United States on 11 November, and is both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. However, the function of the observance elsewhere is more closely matched by Memorial Day in May. In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day; in the United States it was given its new name in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honour all veterans. Veterans Day is observed with memorial ceremonies, salutes at military cemeteries, and parades."

Where were you at the beginning of the war 1 September 1939?
Where were you on the armistice/ V-J Day 14 August 1945? or the surrender of Japan  or V-E Day? OR in 1951 or 1990?

When World War II began I was not around yet, but by the time Japan formally surrendered I was a small glimmer in my daddy's eye. I still need to write these stories.

What memories do you have of this time period? Were your parents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, grandparents, sons & daughters involved with the war movement? How were they involved? Have you written your/their story? Do those interviews now, don't wait., write the story's before they just disappear.  

Start this NEW YEAR off by putting pencil to paper and write the stories, don't let them disappear! [ahhhh!! my first New Years Resolution] Don't let those precious stories disappear!!

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