Join us for a Virtual Parade to commemorate Victory in Japan Day.
(Note the webex link for this parade.)
VE Day is often (and incorrectly) celebrated as the end of WW2 by many, but the truth is many thousands of Allied troops were still fighting a bitter war in the Far East.
Victory over Japan (VJ Day) marks the 15th September as the day Japan surrendered, which marks the true end of World War 2.
Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945: Representatives of the Empire of Japan on board USS Missouri (BB-63) during the surrender ceremonies. Standing in front are: Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu (wearing top hat) and General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff. Behind them are three representatives each of the Foreign Ministry, the Army and the Navy. They include, in middle row, left to right: Major General Yatsuji Nagai, Army; Katsuo Okazaki, Foreign Ministry; Rear Admiral Tadatoshi Tomioka, Navy; Toshikazu Kase, Foreign Ministry, and Lieutenant General Suichi Miyakazi, Army. In the back row, left to right (not all are visible): Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama, Navy; Saburo Ota, Foreign Ministry; Katsuo Shiba, Navy, and Kaziyi Sugita, Army. (Identities those in second and third rows are from an annotated photograph in Naval Historical Center files.) Source: Naval Historical Center Photo # USA C-2719. Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
The formal signing of the surrender took place on the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on the 2nd September, which President Truman declared to be VJ Day.