Sept. 2 is National VJ Day

Sept. 2 is National VJ Day

(WVUE) - Across the country, people observed National VJ Day ( Victory over Japan Day) to mark the date when Japan surrendered to the Allies during World War II.

The announcement of the surrender happened on Aug. 15, 1945. But Sept. 2, 1945 was the date of the signing of the surrender documents officially ending World War II.

The signing took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. President Harry Truman declared Sept. 2 the official VJ Day.

Years later, many in the U.S. also celebrated Aug. 15 as VJ Day in conjunction with Europe. The announcement that Japan had surrendered was on Aug. 15 in Europe. But due to the time difference, it was still Aug. 14 in the U.S. Since then, both dates have been known as "VJ Day."

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