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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL RESCRIPT ON SURRENDER AND THE CONCLUSION OF COMBAT ACTIONS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC THEATERS OF OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

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.

Semper Fortis

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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MESSAGE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMPERIAL RESCRIPT OF SURRENDER AND THE TERMINATION OF HOSTILITIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

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:

As we all prepare for tomorrow’s historic 72nd year anniversary since the historic proclamation of the conclusion of all combat actions and the surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, and as we rejoice in the recent victorious and sucessful 2017 Teen Choice Awards,  as I send to all of you my advance greetings on this holiday today we pay vigil as we await the 15th day of August, a day of glory and victory, a day of remembrance and honor to the millions who perished in the Second World War of 1939-1945 and the millions of uniformed personnel of the armed services of the Allies who fought this world to its victorious conclusion and the defeat of the Axis Powers in all theaters of this global conflict.

For it was on this day in in 1937 the Nationalist Chinese Air Force came victorious in the first aerial battle of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War and of the 2nd World War as a whole after bringing down 6 Imperial Japanese Navy bombers.

It was on this day in in 1941 the Atlantic Charter aiming for preparing for the events after the Second World War, was signed, just paving to way for the later creation of NATO in 1949.

It was on this day in 1945 when the people of Vietnam, urged by the Viet Minh, began to plan for a series of general protest actions and the creation of a national government for the country by beginning to occupy public buildings under Japanese pressure, clearing the way for a national revolution of independence against both Japan and France that would begin in days’ time just as the war was about to close.

It was on this day in 1947 when the independence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was declared and on this day in 1959 the National Football League was officially founded.

And so today, excatly 72 years ago, as the document of surrender to be read by no less than HIM Emperor Hirohito, as head of state of the Japanese Empire and commander in chief of the Imperial military forces of Japan was now finished ahead of schedule, the people of the world awaited for that proclamation of the Japanese head of state officially ending all combat actions in the Pacific Theater  and therefore announcing that the “unbearable” Postdam Declaration terms of unconditional surrender of the entire country and its military forces the Allies had pledged that very spring at the closing stages of the European theaters of this war will now take effect and that the military forces of the Empire will officially cease all combat operations in their respective areas of responsibility that remained within the Asia-Pacific as a result of the Allied offensives in the years following the historic attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on the 7th day of December in 1941, that very declaration that everyone had been waiting for several months which was to be offically declared to all of Japan and the world on NHK Public Radio on the midday hours of the following day, August 15, 1945 - the great Catholic and Orthodox Christian Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotekos and Mother of God, the date of the historic 1920 “Miracle at the Vistula” and Polish Armed Forces Day, the 1st anniversary of Operation Dragoon, marking the Allied landings on southeastern France in 1944, and the future national days of India, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Congo - within days from the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Soviet declaration of war over Japan and the advance of Soviet forces towards northern Korea and Manchuria supported by Korean communist insurgents. Effective midday Japan Standard Time on this very historic day, with the publication of this proclamation the end had come for all combat actions in the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations of the Second World War, a war that began in the summer of 1937 with Japanese military forces from Manchuria and directly from Japan and Korea surging towards China and would evolve into a full-blown  worldwide conflict that would for 5 years, 11 months and 32 days, first in Europe and later in the Asia-Pacific region, inflict so heavy damages on so many countries it affected,  had claimed so many lives and wounded on both sides of this war and saw livelihoods and infrastructure heavily damaged and ruined. This historic declaration of the 15th of August was only the beginning of the end of the final chapter of this war, which began earlier that spring when Germany and the Italian Social Republic fell to the hands of the victorious Allies together with the pro-Axis governments in Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia.

Upon the sacrifices made the millions of war dead of the Allied countries and more than billions of civilian lives perished in the years of the war now stands a free and peaceful world built upon the victories made against fascism and totalitarian rule in those 5 years and 32 days that forever changed our planet in land, air and sea battle, covert and counter intelligence operations and partisan actions, sowing the seeds of freedom that today have bore much fruit in the actions of all our military and civil security forces, our working people, our cultural workers, and most of our our youth of the generations of the present and of the future, today, 72 years on, as we reflect on this historic anniversary while remembering with sadness 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 and murder of the Chinese and dissident citizens and people of other faiths in the Asia-Pacific region and the unjust imprisonment of America’s Japanese minority communities, which despite it all would lead to the raising of an all-Japanese infantry regiment within the US Army and the victories of Japanese Americans against their comrades from the homeland who had brought suffering, hardship and death to countlesss others in Asia we recall the great Allied and partisan victories in different terrains and in adverse weather in all the theaters of this wide conflict that has changed the face of the world forever, in a war that saw the changing evolution of our military forces, as well as of the millions of civilian home front workers and laborers who through their assistance to our millions of men and women who served in the military forces of the Allied beligerent nations and fought with distinction during these years and to the Allied governments and governments-in-exile, have helped make this victory happen.

This was a huge victory for the peoples of the world 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.

Today, with our deepest remembrance and honor to all those who have died, the heroes, the deceased veterans and the remaining living veterans of the Second World War in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Atlantic, and in the Asia Pacific especially those from the major and minor Allied combatant countries starting from the opening shots in China in 1937, up to the formal beginning of the war in Europe in 1939 and in the Pacific in 1941, all the way towards the final victories won against the Axis, first in Europe on May 8 and 9 of that great year, and finally in the Asia-Pacific on the 2nd day of September the same year, which ended this historic war that forever altered our destiny as one people, exactly 72 years on to the day of the statement that officially ended a war that had forever changed our world, with our deep humility and with great pride and honor to all who served and to all who made the ultimate sacrifice, we await the day of the great anniversary of the Imperial Rescript of Surrender officially ending all combat actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations of the Second World War and send our best greetings to the people of the world and most of all to all our remaing living Allied military and partisan veterans who as one form “the world’s Greatest Generation”. Their collective memories which are remember today and in every day of our lives will be forever in our hearts for all generations, for they stood as the defenders of a world that will never accept the teachings of fascism, racism and xenophobia and will always block any chance for evil actions to be a part of our lives. It is they who stood up to the enemies who were threatening not just their way of life but also of so many others and risked their lives to defend the freedom they cherished to give to the generations of today and of the generations to come.

May we hope that the legacy entrusted to the generations of today by these millions of heroes, the fallen and our remaining veterans of this war whom we honor today and tomorrow as we mark this historic anniversary since the full termination of combat actions in the Pacific Theater, and whose stories have been remembered in various works and in radio, television, film and digital media, and who today we 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 for 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, even as the rising of groups from the far-right and far-left sectors of society have become for us a source of anxiety and concern about the cost that this war had brought to the world. As we celebrate this very day with great anicipation, may we remember the sacrifices made for the defense of freedoms and liberties during the years of war that forever changed the very world we live in, all for the sake of fighting the evil forces of fascism in the European continent, North Africa and in the Asia Pacific!

We indeed are in changing times, wherein the very reasons why this war was fought are breaking out into the surface and into our society of today. As the veterans of the Second World War –all those who fought as military personnel and paramilitary guerillas in the European, Mediterranean, China-Burma-India and Pacific Theaters of Operations  - are dying out one after the other, we, all 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 will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of this greatest generation who fought this war from the beginning towards its victorious end in May and September 1945 in all its theaters and in the home front for the sake of one goal: to defend not just our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humanity must be renewed, sustained and most of all be given to our future generations and most of all to our children and youth, who must continue celebrating this great holiday with deep respect, reverence, and everlasting gratitude for them who risked their lives for the sake of the freedoms we enjoy in this present time.  With a sincere promise never to see the repeat of the errors of history that caused this war, we therefore promise to them to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and bring forth the 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. To our remaining Allied veterans, to the veterans of other conflicts and of our men and women and veterans of the civil uniformed services, 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 so that we can live in a world of peace, progress, prosperity, development and a clear vision towards our future.

To all those who served in all the theaters of the 2nd World War, especially to the heroes, martyrs, living and deceased veterans from the victorious Allies and to all those serving today in the military and civil defense services of the Allied combatant nations who 72 years ago helped bring this war to its end and the victory against the Axis Powers, in anticipation not just for this day buit for the upcoming 72nd anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War in the Pacifc Theater, our dearest greetings and thanks to all of you on this very special day for the memory they have will be for us our treasure for the generations to come, the memory that will forever be a part of a future and a world that is truly worth defending!

In anticipation of the 97th anniversary since the Polish victory in the historic Miracle in the Vistula against the Workers’ and Peasant’ Red Army, we also remember the veterans and all active and reserve servicemen and women of the Polish Armed Forces as they, tomorrow, honor the 97th year since the victory against the Red Army and the forces of communism  by the brave men of the Polish Land Forces in the Battle of Warsaw and Polish Armed Forces Day, for their heartfelt service to the Polish nation and people and for their determination to keep its spirit of freedom alive - a spirit of keeping the defenses of the nation that for a long time have been a part of the Polish national consciousness for centuries. We also remember the countless Koreans, Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese and Congolese who worked and sacrificed for the freedom and independence of their homelands and for the progress they have achieved since independence. And in anticipation of the 72nd year anniversary of Indonesian independence on the 17th day of this month, we remember the many Indonesians from various racial and religious backgrounds who under a common banner of national independence, united as one to achieve this great goal.

In conclusion to these words, as we await the 72nd year anniversary since the end of hostillities in the Asia-Pacific and the official notice of the surrender of the military forces of the Empire of Japan, may we today treasure this very important day with respect , reverence and honor to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our freedom and for the victory we honor every day of our lives. And may be always ready and prepared to continue to honor their place in history, to stand worthy of their legacy, and to help win a world for our tomorrow that is peaceful, prosperous, clean and with a bright future for our children and the generations of our tomorrow – a world that is worth defending and worth fighting for!

And as the men of Easy Company will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA 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 THE EVER-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!

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 72ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAPANESE DECLARATION OF SURRENDER AND THE LIBERATION OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA FROM JAPANESE COLONALISM AND AGGRESSION!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND 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!

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 14, 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.

Semper Fortis

John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY IN EUROPE AND THE 106TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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 United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, and of all the uniformed military and civil security services of the Allied combatants of this conflict, 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:

It was on this very day, 72 years ago, that on Berlin, the capital city of Germany, the world witnessed the historic signing of the documents of German surrender in the presence of representatives of the Allied leadership in Berlin, ending 5 years, 8 months and 8 days of a war that forever changed the whole of Europe starting from September 1, 1939, at the cost of so many lives (the war actually began in China in 1937 due to the Japanese invasion of the rest of the country sans Manchuria, which was a Japanese imperial territory administered from 1931 under local leadership, and the conflict in the Pacific which officially commenced in 1941 would only end in 3 and a half months later) - this historic event of the official signing of the act of the total capitulation of the entire German nation and her armed forces before the victorious Allied Powers that we today mark as the day of the official conclusion of the Second World War in Europe and Northern Africa. The news of the end of this great war that forever changed the world was met with great celebration among the peoples of this great continent and within Canada and the United States, with joys and tears in all our eyes, for indeed it was not just a continent that had, from 1914 to 1918, earlier been the epicenter of warfare that the world never expected to be, had once again, after almost 6 years of warfare, seen a sigh of relief, but the victory had been won against the forces of Nazi Germany and the Fascist Italian Social Republic. Celebrations erupted all over a contingent that had been ravaged by these 5 years and 8 months of a war that changed forever its landscape and its destiny, where battles had been raged in every time and place, in land, air and sea, from the skies about Britain, the Normandy beaches and hills, towards the Alps, the Balkan Mountains, the steppes, the snowy Arctic to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where at the cost of millions of military personnel killed, wounded or taken prisoner, from strength to strength, Allied military power proved to be the decisive factor in the victory in which we celebrate today against the military might of the Axis countries and their respective armed forces, plus the deaths by the millions during the Nazi Holocaust of Jews, members of other religious communities and people who sympathized with the resistance movement, 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, and the determination of the home front sectors, including the economic, the arts, and the defense industries to help fight the Allied war effort up to the very end – towards the defeat of fascism and totalitarianism and the final victory of the Allied Powers. Today, therefore, is a day of remembrance and celebration of the victory won against Nazi Germany and its allies at the cost of millions of lives lost and economies and agricultural lands ruined in parts of Europe where the Nazis and Italians held sway.

Just as a joint Soviet-Czechoslovak force with assistance by several personnel of the United States Army and local partisan organizations was repulsing the final signs of Axis resistance in the Czechoslovak capital of Prague, on the late night hours of this day 72 years ago, radio stations all over the world sounded the news that a group of officers representing both the German armed forces and the victorious Allied Powers, within hours before 12 midnight, had signed the official document recognizing the total surrender of all of Germany, her people, the armed forces and the civil uniformed services to the victorious Allied nations and the Allied armed forces in compliance with the provisions of the decisions made in the Tehran, Yalta and Postdam Conferences by leaders from the major Allied combatant countries during the war - the very news this historic victory that was brought to the world by radio, telegrams, and the print media, including on the Soviet Union and much of Asia the next day, May 9, 1945, the very victorious end of the Second World War over Europe and parts of Northern Africa that we celebrate today with the peoples of the many countries that constituted the Allied Powers, in spite of the changing and evolving national, political, economical, social, cultural and enviromental situation we today face. This is that great victory we today celebrate with deep joy, pride and heartfelt gratitude, especially to the remaining living Allied war veterans who collectively form part of what is now known as the ‘’greatest generation” of heroes and heroines who lived on this great planet. With heartfelt respect, we today mark this day in remembrance of the millions of the military and civilian fallen and POWs and the victories made against the Axis powers and against the forces of fascism and imperialism of Germany and Italy and their allies in Europe and North Africa during this long war.

While Victory Day falls tomorrow for those in the former countries of the Soviet Union (except for the 2 of the 3 Baltic countries) and in Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as in the Channel Islands, most countries of the European Union, USA and Canada celebrate the holiday today with much joy, commemoration, remembrance and gratitude to these men and women who through their service and most of all by their sacrfice against evil enemies, brought forth the victory in which we honor today. Out of respect and gratitude for the liberty they fought so hard during those 5 years and 8 months of global conflict, and in memory of those who perished during the conflict as well as of those veterans who survived the war and have been deceased in recent years, even as the rising of neo-fascist and socialist aligned groups have become for us a source of anxiety and concern, once more we give our greatest gratitude to the already mentioned greatest generation, that is to say, to the millions of our mililtary, paramilitary and civil uniformed personnel of the Allied combatant nations who served during the 5-year long world war, and the hundreds of thousands who still remain living, as well as our home front veterans of the conflict, and most of all, the millions who perished in service for their countries for the defense of our freedoms against the forces of the Axis Powers in the battlefields and concentration camps. Their stories of bravery, courage and determination to win the victory are the memories we honor today through books, films, television and other forms of media and art. In this the 72nd year since the victory was won over the forces of fascism in Europe and North Africa, through these forms we remember the great heroes and brave units that distinguished themselves during the course of the conflict, including the servicemen from Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVII Airborne Corps, United States Army, dubbed today as the “Band of Brothers” after the book about them by the late Stephen Ambrose, the vanguard unit of the airborne forces of the United States Army in the campaigns in Normandy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Southern Germany, and in the 2014 film “Fury” by director David Ayer recalling the bravery of Allied tank crews in the final months of this war. With profound remembrance and our deep admiration and commemoration, we remember today the memory of these millions of men and women who in any way possible, in the battlefields, concentration camps and the home front sectors, fought during those 5 years against the forces of fascism and imperialism and against those who were ready to bring the world in line to the evil ideologies of the Axis powers, risking their lives and their futures to break the chains of hardship that resulted in the suffering of the peoples of Europe and North Africa, and thus, thru their efforts brought forth a world and a brighter tomorrow truly worth defending for future generations to come. As we celebrate this historic anniversary of the victory we won as one united people of the free world, may we remember the sacrifices made for the defense of freedoms and liberties during the years of war that forever changed the very world we live in, all for the sake of fighting the evil forces of fascism in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations, until the final victory!

As the veterans of the Second World War – including those of the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operations - are fading out one after the other, 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 will be honored and remembered by all of us, especially our future generations, for the memory of this greatest generation who fought this war from the beginning towards its victorious end in May and September 1945 in all its theaters and in the home front for the sake of one goal: to defend not just our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humanity must be renewed, sustained and most of all be given to our future generations and most of all to our children and youth, who must continue celebrating this great holiday with deep respect, reverence, and everlasting gratitude. As the tide of renewed fascist, far-right and far-left actions is rising everywhere in the world, in these changing circumstances and situations in the world of today may we never ever forget the legacy left behind by these men and women who risked even their lives to fight the forces of the Axis Powers and the ideologies they represented. Together as one people, to help ensure the continuity of the traditions of liberty and independence fought by all military veterans of all conflicts past and present and therefore hope to help bring into reality a world that will always be for our tomorrow, the very world fought by all our fallen military personnel in this great war, we must always uphold their memory and of the victory in which we honor today. We therefore promise to them to honor their sacrifices and their role in building a better world and bring forth the defeat of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. We will never let history be repeated. 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.

Today, together with all the people of the United States of America, we mark as one people the 106th year anniversary of the beginning of naval aviation in the United States of America. Within almost a decade since that first flight in the sands of North Carolina, and with the United States Army preparing for the formation of a full military aviation branch, the humble beginnings of this important service arm of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard began in the fall of 1910 under the leadership of no less by the “father of United States naval aviation”, Commander George Washington Chambers, when the first test flights were staged, and the test flights conducted later in San Diego in January 1911 by Glenn Curtiss’ firm which prepared the way for the opening of the service’s own naval air training facility in this great city, the fruits of this great effort led up to this historic day 106 years past when the Curtiss firm’s two planned training biplanes to be manufactured for the Navy was officially ordered by this service, therefore officially starting the long history of naval aviation in this country. The naval aviators of the American nation have indeed ensured the defense of the principles of the American nation and its independence, and showed bravery and courage in the defense of the homeland in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside other actions called by the government and the Armed Forces of the United States, as well as in disaster relief operations at home and at aboard, and have seen action in the recent campaigns against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Today, 106 years since the beginning of American naval aviation, the naval air arms of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and all naval aviators, flight officers and aircrews who are part of it are ready to stand up and fulfill their duty to the nation in helping defend the nation’s airspace and maritime waters, and above all, help defend national independence and territorial integrity as well as of all the peoples of the world. As one of the oldest naval air services of the world, today, these Top Guns of America’s Navy are ready and prepared to be above the rest, and to be up there with the best of the best, ready to fly and to strike when ready for their country, people and home. This is their absolute commitment and dedication to the duty of helping to protect the maritime waters of the United States and to protect the freedom of navigation all over the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of a grateful people, therefore I greet you all in this historic double holiday anniversary – the 72nd anniversary of the great victory won in Europe against the fascist Axis Powers, especially against Nazi Germany, and the 106th anniversary of naval aviation in the United States of America!

Thus, as we today mark these great anniversaries of our history, once again we send our greetings to all our remaining living Allied war veterans of the war in Europe, to all the active, reserve and retired servicemen and women of the uniformed military, public security and civil defense services of all the combatant Allied countries, and all active and reserve personnel , military families and veterans of United States naval aviation on this great holiday, sending to all our best wishes of a happy and long life and of peace. We send our greetings and warmest thanks to all of you on this very day that we celebrate both the Victory in Europe and the official birthday of United States naval aviation. Today, we are proud to honor and to thank all who served in the Second World War as part of the European and Mediterranean Theater of Operations of the Allied Powers, as well as to all the naval aviators, flight officers and aircrews, active and reserve, their families, and our aviation veterans of the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard in this double holiday anniversary that we celebrate with joy and gladness. For it is for their determination and courage to win the freedom we enjoy today and for always being prepared at all time to defend it at all costs, especially at the risk of losing their lives for the sake of the future generations of humankind!

Today, as we mark these great days in our history, may we never regret to recall the heroic deeds of our predecessors who fought in this war and of all our past naval aviators who flew throughout all these years for the sake of the freedom and independence not just of the United States of America by of all of the free world. May we as one people never tire of honoring the memory of our heroic forebears and always work hard to be worthy of their sacrifices, most of all, for the sake of our present and for the future of our world. And as we move towards tomorrow, we, the generations born after this great war, will do our best to build a world that will surely be of peace, prosperity and progress, with its nature and history preserved and our future generations ready to live in the spirit and shadow of these great heroes of the war years, who perished for the sake of the world of our future!

And in conclusion, may we who honor the millions who died during this war and the memory of the millions of Allied soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who perished for our generation and for our children may have the courage to continue to honor their service and the role they played in the victory in which we honor and celebrate today and in the 106 years of naval aviation in the United States, and may we who will keep these sacred and memorable days with respect and reverence especially for those who went before us and always be ready to stand worthy of our great heroes of the past, and to help win a world for our tomorrow that is peaceful, prosperous, clean and with a bright future for our children – a world that is worth defending and worth fighting for!

And as the men of Easy will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE FROM 1939-1945!

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 ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE!

LONG LIVE THE EVER-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 AND NAZISM, 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!

GLORY TO THE HEROES, FALLEN AND VETERANS OF UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION AND TO THE GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS IT MADE TO THE NATION IT HAS ALWAYS SWORN TO DEFEND!

LONG LIVE THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF FASCISM!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 106TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!

And to the entire HBO War Fandom, especially the fans of Band of Brothers, who will celebrate for all time this day of victory over Nazi Germany:
LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM AND NOW 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT), XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY… THE “BAND OF BROTHERS”!
CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG!

A HAPPY VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AND HAPPY 105TH BIRTHDAY TO NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
HOOOAH! HOOYAH!

1800h, May 8, 2017, the 241th year of the United States of America and the 119th of the Philippines, 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, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.

Semper Fortis
John Emmanuel Ramos
Makati City, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

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