Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our remaining living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women, reservists and families of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the Allied combatants of this conflict, including from the military and civil uniformed services of Pakistan, India, Poland, the Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:
On this very day in our history, in 1914, the Battle of Cer, the very first Allied victory in the First World War against the Central Powers, began.
On this day in 1920, the Polish Land Forces inflicted a heavy defeat on the Red Army in the outskirts of Warsaw in one of the greatest battles of the Polish-Soviet War, the Battle of Warsaw, more known as the “Miracle on the Vistula River”, today marked as Armed Forces Day in this great country.
On this day 73 years ago, Operation Dragoon, the Allied landing offensive for the liberation of Southern France, began with the landing of a multinational Allied landing force along the Provence coast thus starting the liberation of this part of France, helped by members of the French resistance movement in the region.
On this very day, the world marks the following national independence days:
Indian Independence Day (1948),
Republic of Korea Republic and National Day (1948),
And the National Day of the Republic of Congo (1960).
On this day 77 years ago in Liberty Field, Fort Benning, Georgia, just as the flames of war were striking the western half of the European continent, a test airborne platoon made one final jump and therefore, with their qualification achieved, these pioneer paratroopers jump started the formation of the airborne troops of the United States Army which will have their baptism of fire later on in this great conflict.
And so today, the 15th day of August, with great joy and thanksgiving in our hearts we mark together as one people the 72nd year anniversary since the Japanese Imperial Rescript on Unconditional Surrender, the official end of all combat actions in the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations of the Second World War and the end of the 5 year war that has forever changed the face of the world, a war that witnessed the changing evolution of warfare, and have seen times of suffering and joy for all our people.
It was indeed exactly 72 years ago on on this very important day in our history, a day that will always be remembered generation upon generation, on the 15th of August 1945, the great Catholic and Orthodox Christian Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotekos and Mother of God, as the clock striked noon Japan Standard Time, with the whole world awaiting the much-anticipated news within days after the US-led atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of all-out armed conflict against Japan and its allies leading to its offensive in northern parts of the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria, NHK Public Radio played the pre-recorded message of no less than HIM Emperor Hirohito made just days earlier at the Imperial Palace complex in Tokyo officially informing the government and people of Japan and the world that with deep sorrow at the deaths of so many men, women and children and the destruction of infrastructure, rural areas and industries within either Japanese held or liberated territories from as far west as Eastern China to Myanmar and eastern parts of India towards the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, Papua and Micronesia and as far north as Manchuria, in a span of 3 years, 9 months and 8 days of warfare that changed forever these parts of the world (plus another 4 when counting from the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937) the Japanese Empire officially has informed the Allied military and politicial leadership that in light of recent events it will bear the consequences as it submits to and thus accepts the “unbearable” and “unendurable” provisions of national unconditional surrender of her Imperial government and the armed forces as stated in the Postdam Declaration made by the Allied national heads of state and military leaders that April, within weeks before the official end of the war in Europe and the victory won against Nazi Germany in the 8th and 9th of May and therefore offically giving the order for the Imperial Army and Navy, together with their respective air services, many of their subordinate and serving personnel of all ranks, including officers, having been the ones that the Allies would later find responsible for countless murders and acts of violence and injustice committed in their areas of responsibility during these 7 years of war in the Asia-Pacific, to end all hostilities and combat actions within the jurisdiction of the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations. Upon hearing this announcement mixed emotions filled the hearts and minds of the Japanese people, Korea rejoiced at the end of 4 decades of Japanese administration that caused a lot of suffering among its people, and the people of Vietnam, motivated by the Viet Minh and anti-Japanese sympathizers, began to storm government offices all over Vietnam to wrest control from both Japan and France and begin the groundwork in which national independence will be achieved.
As the Imperial Rescript officially marked the beginning of the closing of this final chapter of the 5-year war that forever changed the planet and humankind and altered for generations the landscape of this wide world we live in, this annoucement of Japan’s acceptance of unconditional surrender to the victorious Allies on this very day thus was for the people of the world a great news of joy, for at long last the long period of war and ended and the victory won at a high cost of millions of dead and wounded for the Allies against the Axis Powers, their governments, armed forces, and supporters and sympathizers in their respective territories.
For all the peoples of the world especially for those who suffered even more in this war it was a history and great victory won against the forces of international fascism, imperialism, dictatorship and totalialism, a victory that has and will continue to be a part ofour history and an inspiration to our youth and our future generations to honor their memory and to be worthy of all they have fought for during these 5 years.
Today, on this very historic anniversary of the end of hostillities in the Asia-Pacific theaters of the Second World War, the world recalls the millions of Allied military and civilian fallen, they whose blood poured in their sacrifice in the defense of our liberties and our free way of life in many parts of the globe during this long conflict had sown the seeds of a present that is full of the same troubles they have seen, heard and felt during those times, but as we carry in our hearts the memories of so many who died for such a noble cause of standing up not just for the freedoms they fought but for the future of our one and only planet, we will have the courage and bravery just as they had in their time to fight the evils of our world and the blocks towards our future, so that future generations will, by our actions today, remember the very deeds they had committed in these past years of war and the crimes committed against the innocent that must never be forgotten, especially the deaths by the millions during the Nazi Holocaust of Jews, members of other religious communities, people who sympathized with the resistance movement and anti-Nazi activists and politicians, as well as of Poles and others in Soviet concentration camps and Gulag camps and by exile to other parts of the USSR of various ethnic communities, as well as the massive Japanese persecution, injustices, murder and violent acts directed at the Chinese and dissident citizens and people of other faiths in the Asia-Pacific.
On this very day of the solemn 72nd year anniversary of the Imperial Rescript on Surrender and the official conclusion of combat activities in the wide Asia-Pacific region, with our deep respect and gratitude to the millions of men and women who served in the uniformed services and in the partisan resistance movements within the Axis-occupied territories in Europe, northern parts of Africa and the Asia-Pacific, and those who sustained the war effort at home and in the workplace, collectively dubbed “the world’s Greatest Generation”, at the huge cost of millions of military, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel killed, wounded or taken prisoner, at the cost of ruined economies and agricultural lands, destroyed cultural and historical structures and closed businesses in every theater of the war, as one united people we remember the actions commited by them in these 5 years, 11 months and 32 days of intense battles that changed humankind in sites like Dunkirk, Leningrad, the Brest Fortress, Moscow, Tula, Borodino, Sevastopol, El Alamein, Tobruk, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, Caretan, Paris, Minsk, Monte Cassino, Eindhoven, Rome, Smolensk, Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lyon, Bastogne, Warsaw, Bryansk, Anapa, Smolensk, Lviv, Shanghai, Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Peninsula, Corregidor Island, Singapore, Besang Pass, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Midway Island, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, the Santa Cruz Islands, Belgrade, Sofia, the Caucasus, Karelia, Cologne, Xiamen, Budapest, Tunis and many more, in the land, air, and sea, from every terrain and in any weather condition, from the mighty Sahara, up to the Normandy beaches, the British skies, the forests of the Low Countries, the mighty Alps and Balkans, the marshes at Pripyat, the Ukrainian steppes to the Arctic and the snowy lands of Scandinavia, towards the jungles of Myanmar and the Malay Peninsula, the Philippines and Indonesia, in the changing terrains and landscapes of China and Korea, and in the Pacific Islands and New Guinea, in both conventional battles and unconventional actions on land, air, and sea by the Allied military forces, in covert actions committed by the Allied intelligence services, in combat actions and active activties by the pro-Allied partisan forces, and in pro-war relief and morale-boosting labor by the home front civilians and workers in the military and civil industries, all these factors helping to win this historic victory against the Axis Powers that we celebrate today, first against Nazi Germany, the Italian Social Republic and the Axis governments in Denmark, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, all in the spring of 1945, and today, against the Empire of Japan in the Asia-Pacific, a great victory that indeed deserves to be ceelebrated, remembered and honored all over the world of generations to come. For it is today wherein we recall the victories won by the Allies in all the theaters of the war the high cost paid in their struggle against the political and military might of the Axis Powers, and the ideologies of fascism, imperialism and racism that caused this war in the first place, and most of all, the very ideologies that drove the Allies to defeat them who brought such harm and destruction to this world that we live in.
Out of respect and gratitude for the liberty they fought so hard and even risked to die for it, even as the rising of far-right and far-left aligned groups have become for us a source of anxiety and concern all over the world in these recent times, today, on this the 72nd year anniversary of the announcement of the capitulation of the military forces of the Empire of Japan – the beginning of the end of the final pages of this 5-year long war and of the great victory won in the Pacific against the forces of the Axis Powers – as we always do every year we remember the memories of these millions of men and women who helped bring to its victorious end this great war that saw this world’s destiny changed forever by the millions of our mililtary, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel of the Allied combatant nations who served during the war, and the hundreds of thousands of war veterans and partisan veterans who still remain living, as well as our home front veterans of the conflict, and most of all, we cannot forget to honor the millions of the Allied fallen and civilian fatalities of this long conflict that forever changed the world we live in, most especially in all the theaters of operations of this long war. May we always honor the memory of these men and women who served during those years of combat in every corner of the world who are even in this present time and in a modern way of life are still honored not just by battle honors and monuments but also in various works and in radio, television, film and digital media, and who today we, the descendants of this heroic and great generation of heroes, and the generations of tomorrow must keep in our minds and hearts, among them the men and women of the intelligence services who helped provide the Allied military leadership with information on enemy locations and movements, Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, formerly 4th Brigade Combat Team and now 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army, the brave men of the 1st Marine Division’s 1st, 5th and 7th Marine Regiments, and the tankers of the 2nd Armored Division, be forever in our memories and our profound remembrance, not just by their descendants, but by the very people they fought and died for in the fields of battle, the frontlines, the concentration camps and the home front, and by the people and youth of today and our future generations so that we can entrust these stories to them who will carry the eternal flame of remembrance for those who have gone before them.
And most of all today, we think of our remaining living veterans of the Second World War –all those hundreds of thousands who remain of the millions fought as military personnel and paramilitary guerillas in the European, Mediterranean, China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations during this long conflict – they who have been dying out because of sickness and old age. They who helped win this victory against the Axis Powers in that momentful year of 1945 deserve all the more our thanks, for it is without their efforts we would have not lived in this present time, thus we the people of the free world must do all we can to ensure that this victory and all the Allied actions of the Second World War leading up to this great day will be forever honored. As the waves of time come and go, and as the ideologies that started this war come time and again to haunt the memories of our people, as we mark this great anniversary of the conclusion of a long war that will forever define humanity we therefore promise them, their families and friends and to the immediate families and comrades of those who fought with them and survived the war but are no longer with us that we who live today will, for the sake of the future generations who must never let history be repeated once more in their own eyes as long as they live, make our everlasting promise to them and a comminitment to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and in having helped bring the final defeat of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan. And we will do our part and our best ability in defending their immortal legacy to the spirit of freedom all over the world, especially to all our generations to come and to keep forever the places of remembrance of the men and women who fought in this conflict. To our remaining Allied military and partisan veterans, to the veterans of other conflicts and of our men and women and veterans of the military and civil uniformed services and uniformed youth groups (excepting far-left and far-right organziations), we today pledge with our hearts to remember your services to your countries and to honor your legacy of having helped achieve this great victory. And most of all, we promise to honor your fallen comrades and friends in the battlefield, who died fighting their enemies and for the sake of freedom and independence that the Allied Powers risked so much so that we can live in a world of peace, progress, prosperity, development and a clear vision towards our future.
On this very great day of our history and in the history of humanity, this very important day in which we celebrate as one people the 72nd year anniversary of the Japanese Imperial Rescript of Surrender and the end of all combat actions in the China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations in the Second World War, and thus prepare ourselves for the 71st anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater this September,we greet all of you people of the free world, and most especially to all of you our remaining veterans of this long and great conflict, who helped win this great victory and opened the gates for a better future for all of humanity, as heroes who risked even their lives for the defeat of the military and political might of the Axis Powers!
Today, as we stand with the Polish people in makring 96 years since the Polish victory in the historic Miracle in the Vistula in 1920, we also join the people of Poland in celebrating Armed Forces Day and the anniversary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw and thus remember the serving men and women in the active and reserve ranks of the Polish Armed Forces and the Second World War Polish veterans who fought in the armed services in the Western and Eastern Fronts, the Home Army and in resistance groups against the Axis Powers and later on the Soviet Union. On this historic anniversary of the victory won against communism in this part of the world, we remember the Poles who fell in battle to defend their homeland from the aggression of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army and the men and women who more than ever today are ready to defend the spirit of Poland at all costs shall never be forgotten, for all through these years the Polish Armed Forces has always stood by the nation it has swore to defend, full of the courage and bravery of their forefathers. As it has defended the heritage and traditions of the Polish people, today it celebrates its long years of standing strong as the military service of the Polish Republic.
Today we also join in the celebration of the national days of India, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Congo and remember their role not just in the victory we remember today but in the building of a better world for the generations of tomorrow, while anticipating the 72nd year anniversary of the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence with deep respect and gratitude to the Indonesians who let the war end with the rising of one of the greatest of countries in the Asia-Pacific.
In closing these words, as we today mark the 72 years since the start of the final moments of the long Second World War and unconditional surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, as we once more recall the moments that led up to this great victory in which we mark today, and remember with our words and actions this very important day in the history of humankind especially to all who served in this war we today hope that with the legacy bequeathed to us by these men and women who served in this great global conflict and keep these sacred and memorable days of such a great victory with respect and reverence especially for those who went before us we shall be worthy of what they fought for, for building a world of peace, harmony and progress, a clean environment, and a brighter future for all our children and grandchildren - truly the very future that is truly worth defending and the very future our forefathers fought with their very own lives. With our greatest gratitude may we always and forever treasure in our hearts all those who have gone before us and have entrusted to us the spirit of defending our freedom and liberty in all those years from the beginning of the war up to the great victories in which we honor today, everyday and in the years and decades to come!
And as the men of Easy Company will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!
ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MLLIONS OF THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC FROM 1939-1945, WHOSE LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ALL THE GENERATIONS TO COME!
ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!
LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF THE ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE ASIA-PACIFIC!
LONG LIVE ALL THE ALLIED MILITARY VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR!
LONG LIVE THE INVINCIBLE AND FOREVER VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES AS WELL AS OUR YOUTH OF TODAY AND THE CHILDREN OF OUR TOMORROW WHO WILL CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE THEM, ESPECIALLY TO THE MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO TOOK PART IN THIS GREAT WORLD WAR!
LONG LIVE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA!
LONG LIVE THE 56TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO!
LONG LIVE THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES AND THE HISTORY VICTORY OVER THE SOVIET UNION IN THE 1920 BATTLE OF WARSAW!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA!
LONG LIVE THE 71ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER AND THE LIBERATION OF KOREA!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN AND THE AXIS POWERS!
GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND FRANCE, TOGETHER WITH THE ARMED SERVICES OF THE OTHER VICTORIOUS COMBATANT COUNTRIES OF THE ALLIED POWERS, GUARDIAN DEFENDERS OF OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE, OUR FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO ALL OVER THE WORLD, A HAPPY 72ND VICTORY OVER JAPAN DAY!
And may I repeat the immortal words of the Polish National Anthem:
Poland has not yet perished, so long as we still live!
Pakistan Zindabad! Hindustan Zindabad! Daehan Minguk Manse!
May God Forever Bless The United States of America!
CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! SEMPER FI! Ooooooooooooooraaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
1200h, August 15, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 150th of Canada, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, the 42nd of the TV program Battle of the Network Stars, the 70th of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces and the 50th of the modern Canadian Armed Forces.
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)
(Requiem for a Soldier) (Honor by Hans Zimmer)
(Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)
(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko)
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