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On September 2, National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II. Officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on August 15, 1945. The official signing of surrender took place on September 2, 1945, officially ending World War II.
Six-years of sacrifice and horrors preceded this moment. All around the world, celebrations erupted. However, there would be years of reconciliations, discoveries and coming to terms with the damage done to relations and humanity.
The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time, President Truman declared September 2 to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th.
How V-J Day is Observed
Use #NationalVJDay, #MoMH, and #MuseumofMilitaryHistory to post on social media and spread the word about this important historical day. Post photos and stories of friends and family who served in World War II on the Museum’s Facebook page to remind us of the great sacrifices that were made to maintain our freedom. If you have any artifacts, personal items, uniforms, or military equipment from a loved-one who served during the war, the Museum of Military History always take in donations and loan. For more information, contact the Museum.