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VJ 60th anniversary
« on: August 15, 2005, 07:05:59 PM »
Did anyone notice the 60th anniversary of VJ day? I saw a great special on the history channel about it. What the great generation did for all of us is amazing!   Tom
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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2005, 07:28:04 PM »
Fortunately, the State of Rhode Island still observes VJ Day.

The History Channel did a nice job.

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2005, 08:02:06 PM »
On my last visit to the Antietam Battlefield, I was reading an historical marker on the action which occurred in the West Woods as seen from the north. It was in this wooded area that the Union attack of Sedwick's Division was checked and repulsed with over 2,000 casualties between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. by the combined Confederate forces of Early, Walker and McLaws, on September 17, 1862 -- more than 2,000 casualties in 30 minutes.  As I was reading the marker, I became aware of an elderly gentleman who had come up beside me on my left.  As much to myself as to him, I remarked, "What a consummate waste of men that was!"  

The elderly gentleman stood there silently for a moment, and then responded in a quiet, solemn voice, "Yes.  It took the Japanese four days to take that many of us Marines at Tarawa."  

I turned and looked at the elderly gentleman for the first time.  When I noticed the decoration in his lapel, I came to attention involuntarily and rendered my best Army salute.  He smiled, casually returned my salute, and slowly walked away.

God bless them!  They were indeed the "Greatest Generation."
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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2005, 09:23:23 PM »
I was reminded by our kitchen calendar - it is not marked in PA but knowing the day exactly, enabled me to indulge in my own short moment of silence.

Nice anecdote Richard :)

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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2005, 09:54:19 AM »
If anyone gets to New Orleans, there is a super D Day Museum off the down town area. It covers all the D Days. You also will see some vets there. You can get goose bumps.
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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2005, 11:18:37 AM »
Yesterday and evening on the history channel there were 3 programs on the D Days of the pacific, as well as, the X Day(going ashore on Japan's home islands).  Good stuff.  Makes one wonder why we don't get it today. Well if some of our leaders don't care???  What do you think, Chuckie, Teddy, Diane, Hillery &etc.?
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2005, 12:47:24 PM »
I saw those History Channel programs too. The fanaticsm and cruelty of the Japanese was beyond belief to those of us who weren't there.
And the Libs cry crocodile tears over the "horrible abuse" of prisoners at Gitmo and Abu Garib (sp??).  
Maybe that's why VJ Day is mostly forgotten.  It makes us remember things the American polical left wants us to forget.

I don't mean to get into politics or religion - a sure way to cause fights - but someone a lot smarter than I am said that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it.
To me, there are two lessons:
1. Fanatics are defeated only by a 100% effort - no holding back.
2. The Judeo-Christian morals we treasure in this country are a major advance for humanity and the reason we value the sancity of life.  Compared to many of the other religions, at least.  (We did have to get past the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition to get here, though.)    ;)


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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2005, 06:07:16 PM »
Tom:

Thanks for the reminder on the D-Day museum in New Orleans.  I expect to take my wife to the "Big Easy" for a conference next month and will make it a point to visit the museum.  As I recall, Stephen E. Ambrose was involved in its organization and development.
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Re: VJ 60th anniversary
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2005, 06:44:27 PM »
Richard S, Yes Stephen was a hugh reason why the musuem is so good.
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