Let’s remember Sept. 2 as Victory Day

Published Aug 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

It’s high time that our country established September 2 as Victory Day, a single federal holiday to mark the end of World War II.

On May 7, 1945 Germany officially surrendered to the Allied Powers, bringing an end to the European conflict in World War II. On Sept. 2, 1945 Japan surrendered, ending hostilities in the Pacific. Seventy-three years later, the United States still has not designated a day to commemorate the end of the war.

Germany and Japan have long been our friends and allies, and as time passes, fewer and fewer Americdans understand World War II’s significance, or appreciate sacrifices made by American military personnel. Soldiers were sent to Europe and the Pacific not for a designated time period, but for the duration of the war.

Please take time on Sept. 2 to remember the many sacrifices made in that long-ago horrific war.

— Eileen Wolcott,

New Hartford