UK and Japan President Trump celebrates 75th anniversary of VJ Day

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Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip celebrated the 75th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II on Saturday, paying tribute to those who fought during the six-year engagement.

In a post on what is known as “Victory over Japan Day” or “VJ Day”, Philip and the Queen sent their “grateful thanks” to those who took part in the campaign which has been largely overlooked over the course of time. decades later.

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“Those of us who remember the conclusion of the Far Eastern campaign, whether on active duty overseas or waiting for the news at home, will never forget the jubilant scenes and the feeling. overwhelming relief, ”said the 94-year-old Queen. from Windsor Castle.

“Amidst the joy of the end of the conflict, we also remembered, as we do today, the terrible devastation it has caused and the cost borne by so many people,” she said.

FILE – In this B / W photo dated May 9, 1945, as U.S. cities rampaged over an unconfirmed report of Germany’s unconditional surrender, U.S. soldiers and Marines verify the identification of their dead on May 9 1945, in Okinawa, Japan. Resistance continues to be fierce on this island in the front yard of Japan. After the defeat of the Nazis on May 8, 1945, Allied troops continued to fight until the surrender of Japan, but many felt their efforts had not been fully recognized and called themselves “l ‘forgotten army’. (AP Photo / Sam Goldstein, FILE)

At an annual ceremony held in Tokyo, Japanese Emperor Naruhito said he felt “deep remorse” for his country’s actions in wartime and pledged to reflect on the past.

“Reflecting on our past and keeping in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I sincerely hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated,” he said.

Notably, there was no word of apology from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who thanked the sacrifices of the Japanese war dead, but had no words for the others who had suffered.

On Saturday afternoon, President Trump tweeted a short video, acknowledging the day and the end of the war.

Although Nazi Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945 – now known as “Victory in Europe Day” – Allied forces continued to fight the Japanese until a ceasefire. be ordered on August 15 following the atomic war led by the United States. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Then-President Harry S. Truman announced Japan’s surrender at a White House press conference.

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for from Pearl Harbor. This is the day when fascism finally dies, as we have always known ”, he declared.

That said, Japan did not officially surrender until September 2, 1945, also known as VJ Day.

More than 30 million soldiers and civilians have been killed in the Asia-Pacific theater during the war.

In the United States, many VJ Day celebrations have fallen out of favor over the years since the end of the war due to fears of offending the Japanese – now one of America’s closest allies. – and Americans of Japanese descent.

In 1995, former President Bill Clinton sparked controversy when he referred to VJ Day as the “end of the Pacific War” during commemoration ceremonies dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Rhode Island is the only state in the country that still observes “Victory Day”.

This year, amid nationwide protests against racial inequality, residents of RI are calling for a name change for the party using the #RenameVictoryDay campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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