Victory Day in United States

Victory Day also known as V-J Day or Victory over Japan Day, this day is celebrated as the anniversary the Allies victory over Japan during World War II. This day is followed by the dropping of the devastating atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Victory Day is a state holiday in Rhode Island in the United States on the second Monday each year. It was a nationally recognized holiday from 1948 to 1975, but it has since been removed due to its reference to good relations with Japan. Rhode Island retains the holiday in tribute to the disproportionate number of sailors it sent and lost in the Pacific front.

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Public Life:

State and municipal offices are closed in Rhode Island on Victory Day. Most of banks, stores, retail stores, liquor stores and supermarkets are open. Some bus services are not operated on their usual schedules because of State Holiday.

History:

Victory Day, or VJ Day, commemorates the anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allies in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, and the Soviet Union’s invasion of Manchuria in the previous week made the surrender inevitable. President Harry S Truman’s announcement of the surrender set off street celebrations from coast to coast in the United States. The official end of the war did not occur till September 2, 1945, when General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender from General Yoshijiro Umezu aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. President Truman declared September 2 as the official VJ Day in 1945.

Rhode Island celebrates VJ day as a state holiday but many communities within the US hold special events to honor the day. Want to be the part of this celebration? For the cheapest flight deals you can call us toll free number @877-247-7183 and get huge discount on airfares. Check all details online at: http://www.travelation.com/airlinedeals.html